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Danville High School graduates 122

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Senior Class President Jaden Mays speaks during the Danville High School graduation.

Students laughed and cried their way through Friday’s Danville High School graduation, as 122 students participated in the school’s commencement ceremony at the Norton Center for the Arts on the campus of Centre College.

Jaden Mays, senior class president, teared up as she took classmates on a journey, giving a shout out to her grade school friends and those who “kept her sane” in high school.

“I ask myself daily, how did it go by so fast? It seems just yesterday we were skinny little freshman,” Mays said.

She thanked her little brother for “playing school” with her, teachers for sharing their time and her classmates, smiling as she teared up at the end.

Kirby Harrison-Alcorn, president of student council, echoed similar sentiments about the ways students had excelled, academically and athletically throughout their four years at Danville High School.

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Student Council President Kirby Harrison-Alcorn speaks during the Danville High School graduation.

“We put the fun in dysfunctional,” she said, as the crowd laughed.

Valedictorians Haley Akers, Elizabeth Joiner, Elisabeth Naismith and Saif Siddiqui also brought out laughter from the crowd as they introduced themselves one word at a time, because they were “only given five minutes,” the four-some said.

Siddiqui shared that the four had taken every class together in the school, so it was fitting for them to finish out the student speeches together.

All of the students shared how the class had been a challenging one for school staff, bringing out more laughter, discussing a “Twitter war” the students had gotten into with administrators and how the class had camped out on the school lawn for their senior prank.

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Saif Siddiqui, Elisabeth Nesmith, Haley Akers and Elizabeth Joiner shared the stage as the Danville High School valedictorians, each taking a portion of the speech

The valedictorians also shared individual things about different teachers in the school, giving some a hard time and showing all their love.

There were 122 students to graduate from Danville High School on Friday:

Haley Madison Akers, Andrew Ethan Baker, Sara Ann Barringer, Olyvia Lynn Blaine, Hayden Winfield Block, Eric Tanner Bloh, Joshua Emmanuel Bostic, Trey Austin Brackett, Alicia Nicole Bradshaw, Kaila Deshaun Brown, Caroline Robbins Bugg, Jasmine Jamiroquai Burdette, Gabriella Charmaine Campos, Tavairra Elizabeth Caulder, Kyndall Leigh Guest Chappell, Jonathan Christian Cinnamon, Makayla Nicole Cloud, Bailey Madisen Coulter, August James Crow, Adarius Davon Crumble, Thomas Maxim Crump, Brian Lorenzo Cruz, Jordan Michael Davis, Luke Preston Dean, Corbyn Laurel Denson, Enyja Dayannair Douglas, Ethan Isaiah Downey, Taylor De’Shae Downs, Brandon Lee Duncan, Sara Louise Dunlap, Ethan Grant Durham, Daisha Ann Dye, Hannah Ruth Briane Dye, Selena Janae Erazo, Hannah Grace Felty, Maddie Mae Fields, Joshua Tanner Ford, Morgan Kesley France, Nakyia Janae Frye, Miguel Antonio Gatica, Kelby Christopher Gay, Paige Tierney Glasser, Chase Patrick Goldie, Adriana Gonzalez, Riley Tucker Gordon, Annabelle Marie Graves, Hayden Mathais Graves, Brandon Carrico Gray, Isaiah Lee Greer,

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A group of graduating Danville High School boys line the rail waiting for their turn to enter the ceremony Friday night.

Sarah Elizabeth Greer, Joshua Seth Gross, Dylan Xavier Gross, Hailey Nicole Guest, Kaitlyn Desiree Hale, Matthew Dylan Hardin, Donlevy Russell Harris, Kirby Chandler Harrison-Alcorn, Hannah Elaine Helmers, Christian Chase Hill, Jacob Colton Holmes, Halle Ann-Danyelle Holsing, Courtney Summer Howe, Austin Tylor Humfleet, Brandon Kyle Ipock, Noah Ariel Israel, Bethany Catherine Jackson, Jakob Hunter Johnson, Elizabeth Camille Joiner, Caitlyn Grace Kelsay, Sarah Katherine Kirk, Evelyn Mara Lackney, Kayla Marie Langford, Kassidy Marie Lanigan, Zalin Durrell Lear, Shawn Pablo Martinez, Timothy Marcus Matherly, Bailey Vonn Matthews, Jaden Kennedy Mays, Tyler Bryan McGirr, Brenda Johana Medina-Maya, Marco Tamy Mendez Hernandez, Margaret Elizabeth Shi Milby, Brian Kristopher Miller, Rebecca Sue Mohr, Garren Thomas Moody, Austin Ray Mott, Morgan Lynn Murphy, Elisabeth Anne Nesmith, Ebony Montrece Norton, Shivani Gunvant Patel, Peyton Aaron Pendleton, X’zabian-Walter T. Penix, Tera Elisabeth Phillips, Keshawn Dexter Railley, Katherine Taylor Rankin, Tyreke Latrell Ray, Tristian Robert Redmond, Dakota Cheyenne Rowland, Morgan Taylor Ryan, Katherine Delaney Sallee, Saif Khursheed Siddiqui, Zoe Ashlin Sigola, Kyle Daniel Smith, Jared Dewayne Southerland, Kelsie LeAnn Steber, William Alexander Swain, Chase Andrew Tandy,

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Danville High School Art Teacher Shelly Stinnett takes a photo of Bridget Mountjoy, alternative education teacher at Danville High School, with graduate Jaleel Warren before the Danville High School graduation Friday night.

Madison Elizabeth Tatum, Emily Claire Thomas, Jacob Ellis Towns, Samantha Nicole Valko, Richard D’Mauriae VanCleave, Jada Nicole VanDyke, Benjamin Austin Vest, Cameron Elijah Villanueva, Haley Jo Wagner, Promise Lynn Wagner, David Franklin Walker, Jaleel Raymond Warren, Brennan Robert Washington, John Richard Welsh, Malik Wilkinson, Sydney Evelyn Young.

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