IPHS Class of 2017 to graduate Saturday
by Dolores Hamilton
Graduating seniors at Iowa Park High School will receive their diplomas Saturday night during ceremonies at Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls.
One hundred and twelve seniors in the graduating class of 2017 will begin filing into the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. at the processional is played by Ruth Edwards.
Andrea Pedon will give the invocation followed by the Posting of Colors by the IPHS Junior ROTC Honor Guard. Nathan Eaves and Bowie Franks will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the national anthem will be presented by Bailey Merrifield and Tessa Casburn.
Cody Gray, the 2017 Salutatorian, will welcome those attending. Keaton Haynes, 2016/2017 Student Body President, will present the Class Key to Julie Green, 2017/2918 Student Body President. Senior Thoughts will be given by Jordan Parker, Andrea Pedon, and Tessa Casburn.
IPHS Principal Leah Russell will present the class to Iowa Park CISD Superintendent Steve Moody. Jeff Rhoades, President of the Iowa Park CISD School Board, will present the diplomas beginning with the top 10 graduates in order of their grade point average and the remaining seniors will be called in alphabetical order.
Sedona Swanner, IPHS Valedictorian, will deliver the farewell address, followed by the school song led by Abigail Allen and McKenzie Holland-Wiese. The benediction will be given by Bailey Merrifield.
Project Graduation will begin at 11 p.m. in the high school gym and last until 6 a.m.
This event gives graduating seniors the opportunity to celebrate a fun and safe environment. It is a tobacco, drug and alcohol free event that follows graduation exercises.
According to Kendra Davis, event coordinator, there will be a hypnotist, food, fun and games, and drawings for prize. Shane and Leslie Atkins will be making breakfast burritos.