Monterey graduates excited, nervous about what lies ahead
MONTEREY — Friends and family members of 23 graduating seniors filled the Monterey High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon as the graduates decked in caps and gowns proceeded to the stage with “Pomp and Circumstance” playing over the loud speakers.
“It is really scary and exciting,” said Mallory Barlow, class valedictorian of graduation day. “It is sad to leave everybody behind that I’ve known for so long.”
Barlow, daughter of Lane and Donnah Barlow of Monterey, said most of the graduates had been through school together since P-K.
Barlow said she plans to go to Louisiana State University at Shreveport in the fall to study cellular and molecular biology with a concentration on pre-med.
In her valedictory speech Barlow said the relationships built in Monterey shaped the classmates into who they are today.
Salutatorian Hunter Lipsey, son of Jennifer and Glenn Lipsey of Monterey, said the day was a happy, sad day.
“There is a lot of excitement in looking forward to the future,” Lipsey said, “but it also is a time of sadness. It is probably the last time we will all be together. It is a happy, sad moment.”
Lipsey said he plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall to pursue a degree in agronomy.
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