December 1, 2020

Heard High Graduates 146

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County High School Class of 2017 received their hard-earned diplomas during the 2017 commencement ceremony held at Staples Stadium on the campus of Heard County High School Friday night.

The graduation returned to its traditional location after a brief one year hiatus in 2016 due to weather concerns, and this was the first commencement held in the newly remodeled stadium.

About 2500 people attended the ceremony under clear skies while many others watching the event online via The Cube.

Principal Tisdale presents a diploma to graduate Alyssa Cosper wearing a gown signed by the entire class. Cosper was recognized for her 14 years of perfect attendance. (Photo: Rodney East)

Principal Tisdale presents a diploma to graduate Alyssa Cosper while wearing a gown signed by the entire class. Cosper was also recognized for her 14 years of perfect attendance. (Photo: Rodney East)

Forty-one seniors in the class graduated with honors.

First year Principal Brent Tisdale welcomed those in attendance and the graduates entered Staples Stadium.

Mr. Tisdale wore a gown signed by all the graduates and said following the ceremony it would be displayed at the school in honor of the Class of 2017.

He also listed the many accomplishments of the class during their four year tenure as students.

Trey Wiggins led the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off the program followed by the Salutatory address from Jessalyn Miller and the Valedictory Address from Trey Alford.

Mr. Tisdale and AP Mrs. Maggie Bonner offered some special recognitions.

Alyssa Cosper was recognized for her 14 years of perfect attendance at Heard County Schools and awarded a gift of $500.00 from the school for her tremendous dedication that spans all the way back to Pre-K.

Mr. Tisdale addressed those in attendance and offered motivational words for the group of 146 graduates followed by the acceptance of the Class of 2017 and a speech by first year Superintendent Rodney Kay.

The graduates were announced individually by HHS Vice Principal Chris Edwards. Edwards and Kay each fought through an emotional night of their own as each had a child of their own (Lee Kay and Julia Edwards) in the graduating class.

After the students had each received their diplomas, Makayla Fuller, Maggie Henderson, Lee Harris, Connor Moon, and Dustey Reeves led the singing of the Alma Mater as the audience stood.

The 2017 Class Officers presented the class gift, an “H” logo sculpture for the commons area at the high school and then gave the graduates the ok to “turn the tassels” to close out the ceremony.

In addition to Class President Lee Harris, the other class officers were Vice President Trey Alford, Secretary Maggie Henderson, and Treasurer Hannah Sanders.

The five members of the Heard County Board of Education were also in attendance: Roger Harrod, Mike Crockett, Ashley Awbrey, Chad Wood, and Greg Holcomb.

The Class of 2018 will begin school as new seniors on August 4.

Comments

  1. Mart Hyatt says

    Congratulations to all 146 Graduates of 2017! It seems that it was just yesterday when most of you were in elementary school.

    “Special Congratulations” to my daughter, Haley Hyatt! Let’s Roll! UWG this Fall!
    I love you!
    (Diddy)

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