Ravenswood High hosts ceremony to honor students with high cumulative GPA

Pictured, left to right, are: Front row, Natalie Williams, Sarah Smith, Jamie Naylor, Skylar Deem, Samantha Hines, Jaleigh Thompson, Emily Hunter, Annie Hunt, Alison Philpott, Julia Ruiz, Sabrina Mills, Hannah Rhodes, Taylor Heath, Zoey Matthews, Emalee Liptrap, Kailey Durback, Alexandra Harvey and Cora Farra; back row, Taylor Tribett, Myna Spencer, Ryan Mattox, Mychal Boggs, Dalton Moore, Houston Kessell, Caleb Maxson, Ben Queen, Seth Marra, Bradley Fint, Adam Longwell, Jacob Mattox and Grant Thacker. Absent: Jacob Murray and Jasmine Naylor.

On May 25, Ravenswood High School hosted its annual Honors Ceremony, which recognized 33 students whose cumulative GPA was 3.5 or higher.

The program began with a warm welcome from principal Luke Swiney, who then introduced guest speaker Jim Mahan, Jackson County's director of secondary schools. Mahan shared hard-earned words of wisdom, including his mother's pro-education stance, his passion for sports in high school, his trials at several colleges and even a brief period of homelessness. His message clearly expressed that all would face obstacles and hardships and that all would fall down, but this class would persevere and rise to meet the demands of the future. Next in the program, teachers Mark Anderson and Rosemary Burdette entertained the crowd with a brief skit before recognizing the honor graduates by reading a mini biography of their high school careers.