Darren Doyle, story and photos, Alyssa Doyle, photos:
One hundred and thirty-two seniors graduated from ECHS on Saturday, May 29th as the class of 2021 celebrated the completion of their high school studies.
Ms. Ava Kate Lich was named valedictorian of the class. She is the daughter of the Stewart and Amanda Lich of Windyville. Mr. Gavin Rose was named salutatorian and he is the son of Jason and Mechelle Rose of Smiths Grove.
Katie Lindsey opened the program after Principal Jonathan Williams welcomed the crowd, which was cut down to 50% capacity due to COVID restrictions.
Macie McCombs welcomed board members and administration, and Kaylee Russell introduced Gavin Rose as he gave his salutatorian address.
ECHS Counselors Mrs. Nikki Culbreth and Mr. Kevan Alford recognized students for their special achievements, and Asst. Principal Chad Johnston recognized those wearing special cords and for attendance.
Jade Taylor performed a musical number; "I'll Always Remember You," and Shea VanMeter introduced Ava Kate Lich, as Ms. Lich delivered her valedictorian's address.
The 116 seniors in attendance were then presented their diplomas by Superintendent of Edmonson Schools Brian Alexander and other board members. Afterwards, Lane Lindsey offered a very moving closing prayer for the class of 2021.
Principal Williams then dismissed the students and the class of 2021 tossed their caps into the air in celebration as their friends and families joined them on the gym floor.