Teresa Black gives the welcome at Edward Bell High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday. | Jessica Hargett

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Final senior class graduates from EBHS

Published 6:23pm Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hundreds of people filled the Edward Bell School auditorium the night of May 26 to watch the final senior class graduate.

The school is being closed this year, but the graduates, parents, alumni and staff focused on Edward Bell’s legacy during the cermony.

The 14 seniors walked out to “Pomp and Circumstance” in blue gowns and blue caps with golden tassels dangling on the right.

Some wore honors cords and others ribbons, but they all wore a smile as they walked onto the stage.

Each graduate played a role in the ceremony.

Teresa Black welcomed the audience to the ceremony. Zacoby Pearson gave the invocation. Natalie Copeland read a poem. Sherica Ford introduced one of the salutatorians, Precious Pearson.

“I will be remembered as one of the last two people to give the salutatorian speech,” Pearson said. “But I will not be the last person to go out into the world and show what Edward Bell has to offer me. I will do my best because that is what Edward Bell students are trained and expected to do.”

Antrinitra Askew introduced the other salutatorian, Shakendria Williams.

“As for my fellow graduates, I wish you all the best of luck in your lives,” Williams said. “I love every one of you.”

DeAmbrah Moore read a poem. Ca’Neshia Smith introduced the valedictorian, Desharte’ Edwards, who also gave a speech.

“Today is a celebration,” Edwards said. “Although these are sad times, tonight is a night to commemorate the good times we have had at Edward Bell School. When I think of the past I don’t think of regret. All I think of is strength, strength that comes from the knowledge and confidence we have learned here. Strength and courage to face any task at hand. Our lives are like books that will remain on the shelves of Edward Bell.”

Jamelia Wilkerson introduced the guest speaker – Kia Askew, an EBHS alumni.

School counselor Frances Blackburn gave out 32 scholarships from various colleges and universities plus many awards during the ceremony.

Following the awards and scholarships, the graduates finally received their diplomas.

Principal Glenda Menniefee congratulated the graduates.

Final remarks were given by Matilda Hamilton, a Tallapoosa County School Board member, John Wilcox, Tallapoosa County School Board Director of Operations and Menniefee.

The graduates, faculty and staff, alumni and everyone attending finished out the evening with the school’s Alma Mater.

“Hail to thee, Our Alma Mater, dear throughout the years. You’ve shown your beacon light. Over hills and mountain valleys clear; let our hearts go forth and show thou love and might. Dear E.B.H. though nae and fame shall ever live and flourish through the ages. Our school so dear; all hail to thee! Our Alma Mater, all hail!”