La'Monica Scott | Uncategorized

Graduation is an opportunity for the family, friends, faculty, and staff to celebrate the accomplishments of each of the graduates. The 2019 graduates of The Piney Woods School have been inducted into the International Alumni Association and have taken the first step into their destinies.

“Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar rang through the Memorial Rock Garden on the morning of May 25th as the graduates, in their regalia, smiled brightly and marched with their sights on the stage.

Steven Edwards led the Pledge of Allegiance, prior to the “Star-Spangled Banner” being played. Cameron Tart recited the scripture, and Geronimo Warner brought forth the invocation. The greeting of the guests was performed by Salutatorian Dagmawit Gebrekidan.

Board of Directors Chairman Maurice Jenkins delivered the statement on behalf of the board. The Cotton Blossom Singers performed two selections: “Total Praise” and “Amen.” Valedictorian Caribbean Adams’ farewell was one for the books. Caribbean was always a quiet student on campus; therefore, witnessing the power of her voice was a stunning moment.

The senior class performed their class song, “Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande, under the direction of Dr. Lindy McLeod. Nia Ojo tackled the task of introducing Clifton L. Taulbert, the speaker of the day.

Clifton Taulbert grew up in the Mississippi Delta, gazing upon cotton fields, never imagining being a special guest of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Taulbert took to the podium at the Library of Congress and addressed members of the Supreme Court and their invited guests.

It was his lessons in life that he shared with the attentive graduates. It didn’t take him long to deliver a message that will resonate with the students for years to come.

The presentation of the Graduating Class was done by Mrs. Monica Crossley, Dean of Faculty, and Dr. Willie Levi Crossley, President, awarded the diplomas and certificates. After remarks and special presentations, the Alma Mater was performed, and Minister Marc Fomby closed with the benediction.

During the recessional, the Class of 2019 had one more surprise--a balloon release.