Crowley High bestows 125 with diplomas

Assistant Principal Alton Allen, left, announced the 2014 appointee into the Crowley High School Hall of Fame as Leighton Killmer.

In a packed gym, 125 were given diplomas and graduated from Crowley High School Thursday night to become “citizens of the world,” as Principal Perry Myles put it.

“I would suggest that the past 12 years were to prepare you for a new life,” he said in his opening remarks. 

Interspersed with performances from the Crowley High School Band and Glee Club, four valedictorians addressed the audience, offering words of inspiration and reflection.

The band also played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates entered the gym. The Glee Club offered up not only “The Star-Spangled Banner” but “Firework,” which drew a few smiles from the graduates that mouthed the words to the song.

Jaimi Broussard welcomed those who were in attendance and talked about how graduation was not only a celebration, but a chance to also reminisce on the last four years.

“Growing up, we all heard ‘You better enjoy high school, because those years will be your best years’,” she said. “We can all relate to that, but we also have great years moving forward.”

Leighton Killmer spoke next and talked about graduation as a moment to be remembered.

“This moments feels almost like a dream,” he said. “We spent our whole childhood fantasizing about it, believing it would never actually come.

“This is a moment we will remember forever.”

Valedictorian address number three came from Meghan Medus, who opened with a whimsical Dr. Seuss quote before talking about how adversity has been character-building for all the graduates.

“Sometimes you struggle, but all of those struggles are just building the foundation for the rest of our lives,” she said.

Finally, Courtney Suire spoke of how the graduating class of 2014 is full of success stories of people who have stumbled and fallen only to get back up stronger than ever.

“I’ve seen so many of my classmates stumble and fall more than once,” she said. “But, I’m also very proud to say that I have seen those same classmates get back and become better students, as well as better people because of their mistakes.”

After the addresses and pageantry of the opening items, the school welcomed two special guests to present special awards to several students. A.J. Jones, representing the American Legion Post 15,  presented the Post 15’s Legion awards to Courtney Suire before Thomas Cavell and Orlando Wilson, representing the American Legion Post 504, presented Post 504’s Legion awards to Alexis Stevens and Mylan Stevens.

The final award of the evening is one Crowley High School holds very dear to the school. Each year, the senior class and members of the school’s faculty choose one graduating senior to be appointed into the school’s Hall of Fame. Assistant Principal Alton Allen announced the appointee as Killmer.

Before awarding diplomas to the 125 anxious students, the school recognized its seniors who were graduating with special acclaim.

Honor graduates, those who graduated with a 3.0-3.49 GPA, were awarded single gold cords to be worn with their graduation ensemble.

Honor graduates for the 2014 class included Zachary Bourgeois, Curtis Broxton Jr., Demetrius Burnette, Adam Couture, Darius Davis, Gernasha Domino, Donna Doucet, Chantel Douresseaux, Adelina Fierros, John Fontenot, Jametria Forrest, Ja’Mara Freeman, Nicholas Guidry, Skylor Huval, Ebony Johnson, Johnesha Jones, Hailey Leblanc, Alexandra Mamolo, Elliot Miller, Enchantra Milstead, Johnathan Moore, Tyisha Mouton, Brice Nepveux, Deja Syria, Antonio Thomas, Gabriel Trahan, Shanna Trahan and James Whiting.

Graduates with Distinction, seniors who had a 3.5-3.99 GPA, were awarded and designated with double gold cords. 

The 2014 Graduates with Distinction were Luke Ancelet, Mikayla Brown, Lyonal Cormier, Reginé Cormier, Perla Cortes, Johnathan Cortez, Hannah Doucet, Haven Felix, Takeisha Freddie, Latasha Grace, Kaleb Istre, Damonica Jones, Shequan Moore, Shantel Navarre, Sunny Ohlenforst, Alanna Plummer, Katelyn Richey, Katelyn Runner, Qua’Asia Sims, Alexis Smith, Alexis Stevens, Mylan Stevens, Michael Stewart, Robert Taunton, Gavin Thibodeaux and Amber Wilson.

Seniors graduating with a 4.0 GPA are awarded 4.0 medallions and are named Graduates with High Distinction.

The six students recognized as Graduates with High Distinction this year were Jaimi Broussard, Leighton Killmer, Stephanie Martinez-Hernandez, Meghan Medus, William Mouton and Courtney Suire.

Finally, the moment over a decade in the making came to fruition for the 125 students. Encompassing the proud Crowley High School class of 2014 were Keisha Iman Ali, Luke Joseph Ancelet, Alec Cline Ardoin, Shontana Monaé Bias, Zachary Arthur Bourgeois, Gabrielle Brasseaux, Tristian D’Vonta Brooks, Jaimi Lynn Broussard, Mikayla Nicole Brown, Curtis Renee Broxton Jr., Demetrius Don’tay Burnette, D’Marcus Derrell Burnette, Dwayne Keith Campbell, Angienette Alexis Castille, Tyler Jamarcus Castille, Thomas Cavell, Darrell James Ceasar, David James Chaisson;

Matthew Jordan Chiasson, Collin Cormier, Erin Catherine Cormier, Lyonal Anthony Cormier, Reginé Shontrel Cormier, Taylor Cormier, Perla Rodriguez Cortes, Johnathan Cortez, Allison Marie Corumia, Adam Scott Courture, Darius Davis, Bryston Vonkeith Domino, Gernasha Jeanrica Domino, Corey Michael Doucet, Donna Rene Doucet, Hannah  Claire Doucet, Jacob Michael Doucet, Joshua Michael Doucet, Chantel Nicole Douresseaux, Jerry Lee Dregin II, Aaliyah Jharnae Dugar, Marcus Daron Edwards, Gabrielle Alyse Felix, Haven Symone Felix, Adelina Faye Fierros;

John Parish Fontenot, Hannah Sue-Zan Ford, Casey Foreman, Nicholas Foreman, Jametria Aprina Forrest, Takeisha Dominique Freddie, Ja’Mara An'Tay Freeman, Blaise Elijah Gamez, Krystal Shade George, Ryan Patrick Girard, Spencer Nathaniel Goodwin, Taylor Renee Graboski, Latasha Michelle Grace, Kervon Fitzgerald Griffin, Clifton John Guidry IV, Nicholas Gaige Guidry, Cain Halueb Hanks, Tyler John Hargrave, Allen Chase Hoffpauir, Devin Holden, Alexander Jarrod Hollier, Skylor Lynn Huval, Kaleb Istre, Ebony Zhane Johnson, Damonica Dasha Jones, Johnesha La'Shay Jones, William Joseph Kibodeaux;

Leighton Killmer, Hailey Simone Leblanc, Hunter Anthony Leger, Andrew J. Lejeune, Kaj Cristian Lemaire, Tia Janae Lewis, Alexandra Therese Mamolo, Stephanie Martinez-Hernandez, Meghan Elaine Medus, Elliot James Miller, Enchantra Davonna Milstead, Johnathan Jerome Moore, Quanshe Simone Moore, Shequan Quinmone Moore, Ophelia Nychristiana Flugence, Tyisha Taylor Mouton, William Mouton, Shantel Lynn Navarre, Brice Anthony Nepveux, Sunny Lynn Ohlenforst, Gilbert Charles Onezine, Katelyn Michelle Pastor, Javon Perrault, Alanna Plummer, Caleb Postoak;

Keith Joseph Prejean Jr. De'Andre Marqueze Price, Katelyn Richey, Joseph Rubin III, Katelyn Marie Runner, Kevin D. Schexneider, Qua'Asia Lashay Mameé Sims, Alexis Jean Smith, Toren Kinte Spears, Alexis Monterra Stevens, Mylan Jamal Stevens, Michael Alan Stewart, Dennis Alexnader Stoute, Courtney Ann Suire, Deja J'Anis Syria, Robert David Taunton II, Gavin James Thibodeaux, Clovis Clovon Clorissa Thomas, Harodl Gene Thomas Jr., Raylon Von Keith Thomas, Brett Anthony Todd, Reasai Tor, Desara Dené Trahan, Gabrielle Trahan, Shanna Paige Trahan, Melanie Lynn Vail, Kain Venable, James Whiting and Amber Michelle Wilson.

Jeannine LeJeune is the online editor for the Crowley Post-Signal. She can be reached at jeannine.lejeune@crowleytoday.com or 337-783-3450.

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