Class of 2015 enters next phase following graduation

Photo by David Kapitan

Maverick Cunigan shakes hands with Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame as WPHS Principal Jim Lamb looks on.

By David Kapitan

Staff Writer


The 168-member Wills Point High School Class of 2015 earned its title as graduates on June 6, officially making the transition from local students to district alumni in commencement exercises held at Sunnyvale Baptist Church.

The senior class, led by Valedictorian Ben Webb and Salutatorian Stephen Magee, filed into the heart of the church to the traditional playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

After a few brief remarks, senior class President Aaron Berberich presided over the seating of the graduates.

Third-ranked student Austin Roberts provided the opening remarks of the event to fellow classmates, thanking parents, teachers, friends, family and the school administration for providing support and guidance throughout the years.

Roberts summed up the class’ educational journey with a favorite quote, stating, “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”

Class Salutatorian Stephen Magee, who finished with a 4.639 GPA, implored fellow classmates not to fall into a trap of thinking that life is just hardships and challenges. Magee stated, “Life is whatever you make of it. Sure, there’ll be times that the deck is stacked against you. When life will suck and be all of those bad things, but the thing about life is that it comes to you one day at a time. Yesterday is gone, with all its good and bad, and tomorrow isn’t here yet. Today is the day to make changes in your life, to right wrongs, to forgive, to love, to be happy, to laugh and cry. Today is the day to believe in yourself, to hope for tomorrow, to make the most of life.”

Magee also echoed many of Roberts’ sentiments, thanking WPHS Principal Jim Lamb, the district’s teachers, parents and fellow classmates for helping students along their high school journeys. Magee drew laughs from classmates and parents when he added nods to Google, Wikipedia and Spark Notes. 

Following his speech, Principal Jim Lamb and Magee joined together to announce that Harlan Gatlin had earned the Spade Award which is annually presented to the top ranking student in the junior class. Gatlin, who currently has a 4.482 GPA, was unable to attend the graduation ceremony.


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