MOULTON — Moulton-Udell said farewell to their class of 2019 on Sunday afternoon in the high school gym as 12 students received their diplomas.
Principal Shane Brown started off the ceremony with the presentation of honor and high honor students getting their ropes and medals.
Salutatorian Ally Hall addressed the crowd and told her story of coming to Moulton at a young age and eventually open enrolling back at Moulton after moving to Moravia.
“When I came to Moulton in fourth grade, everyone was so accepting and warm,” Hall said. “I'm thankful I made the choice to come here when I did. My very first day, a girl named Emily Brown came up to my car and welcomed me to the school. Emily no longer attends Moulton but that is something I will never forget. I am thankful I grew up in a place where I felt comfortable and safe.”
Kendra Leer received valedictorian honors and continued the praise of small community living.
“This great group of seniors standing before you would not be where we are today without the help of our community and its members,” Leer said. “Our school is small, our town is small, our lives are small, everything is small so everyone can assume our dreams and aspirations probably follow the same trend, but they would be wrong…”
“Like my peers, living in a small town has taught us to dream big, shoot for the stars and want the best for ourselves. Through sweat, determination and hard work I believe that each and every one of us will continue to reach for the stars. While our school is small, it makes for a large family,” Leer said.
Leer was then joined on stage by Hall, Sarah Sheets and Makenley Fenton to treat the audience for humorous comments on their fellow classmates.
After students were recognized for senior awards, Leer presented the senior slide show featuring photos of each graduate as well as pictures from their senior trip.
Then came the big moment where each student received their diplomas and were given carnation flowers to hand out to those who helped them get to where they are today. Principal Shane Brown then confirmed the graduation and released the group of new graduates.