Dadeville seniors

Dadeville seniors Marley Davis, left, and Shona Reed, far right, were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Surviving and facing the storms of life became a literal lesson to Dadeville High School’s Class of 2019 when the schools power went out due to a downpour Thursday at the baccalaureate service. Dadeville First United Methodist Rev. Michael Carver was talking about David in the Bible when the electricity went out.

“Well I have to say this has never happened to me before,” Carver said. “I think God has prepared me for that as well.”

Carver continued his speech with audience members using their flashlight phone apps.

“This has been coming for a long time and I think that tonight as I look over you and I’ve heard the awards and I’ve seen you in action and in our community,” Carver said. “It’s a blessing to see you and I think that there’s probably more hope for the future of this world in this room than in most colleges today. There’s so much potential. Each of you have the potential for greatness. We applaud that and celebrate that.”

Carver mentioned in the story of David, he had to find five smooth stones first and practice perfecting using the sling shot as a farmer before ever facing Goliath. Carver compared it to the seniors who studied hard since school started.

“It didn’t happen overnight,” Carver said. “He probably couldn’t hit the side of a barn the first few times he tried to use a slingshot. But over time and (with) commitment he was able to do what he needed to do.”

Carver said God had a plan for the students before they were born and they have a lot of potential.

“It started long before elementary school or kindergarten,” Carver said. “It started before you were even in your mother’s womb. God has been passionately pursuing you, moving you, drawing you near to Him because He has greatness in mind for you and if you would turn your hearts to Him then I know that greatness will come to you. I believe that if you entrust in Him you will never be disappointed.”

The baccalaureate was held immediately following the senior awards program.

Seniors Marley Davis and Shona Reed were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the awards program. Students Zach Rickman, Makaya Bender, Olivia Stone, Madolyn Daniel, Fredashia Foy, Alex Ray, India Shaw and Carrie Thomas were also named to the top 10 students with the highest grade point average.

Dadeville principal Chris Hand said the students received more than $900,000 in scholarship money collectively.