By STEVEN NALLEY
East Oktibbeha County High School will hold its graduation ceremony 6 p.m. Sunday at Mississippi State Universityâs Humphrey Coliseum.
Helen Kennard, EOCHS principal, said she anticipates a large crowd. A total of 31 students are set to graduate, she said, and a reception is available to parents and graduates at 5 p.m. in the presidentâs reception room.
â(Graduation is) always a high time for the community,â Kennard said. âAlumni and community members ... enjoy coming back to graduation.â
The ceremony will not only feature speeches from Valedictorian Ashley Ellis and Salutatorian Ani Rice, Kennard said, but also a performance of the class song. She said graduating seniors will sing âThe Storm Is Over Nowâ by Kirk Franklin.
Throughout the year, Kennard said she has been struck by the unique bond the seniors share. She said the seniors would frequently check in on each other to make sure they were all taking the correct classes and making the necessary grades. Sometimes, she said, friends would accompany a struggling student to Kennardâs office to help him or her ask Kennard for help.
âIt inspired me, because they cared enough,â Kennard said. âThey just look out for each other. Itâs almost like in the scriptures, when they ask, âAm I my brotherâs keeper?â They really are their brothersâ keepers.â