Hope School graduated 11 students Thursday in a ceremony that had many teachers and parents in tears as the Class of 2019 wrapped up their days at a school that had nurtured most of the grads since their earliest school days.
That was true for Principal Millicent Braxton and Coach Jack Glover, both of whom had to take moments during their speeches Thursday to get their emotions under control before they could continue talking. Glover successfully, but barely, fought back the threatening tears, but Braxton lost that battle before she ever started her welcoming address.
Tissues were plentiful in the crowd, too, as parents, grandparents and other loved ones watched their graduates walk the aisle to get their diplomas.
The Class of 2019 had distinguished itself in a number of ways: Many had been on several championship basketball or volleyball teams during their time at Hope, and many in the class had cheered those players on through the years.
Enthusiasm for life is a characteristic shared by many members of the class, school officials said as they shared some special moments with the crowds.
Class members are: Zechariah Devon Bass; DeShaun Randall Bowers; Cheyenne Gabrielle Gay; Kaitlin Diann Pontius; Vanessa Morgaine Pontius; Suntai Nicole Powell; Caleb Rashad Robinson; Kendrick JaSean Rucker; Christopher Allen Sorey and his twin, Desmond Diavantay Sorey; and Mikal Dashine Watson.