HUNTSVILLE — There was no shortage of excitement in the room as Madisonville High School seniors performed popular dance moves across the stage during Saturday’s commencement ceremony at Sam Houston State University.
While not every graduate opted to “whip and nae nae,” many did and received cheers from their parents and peers.
Student body president Diocelin Martinez noted that “each one of us left our footprint in each organization and we leave it to the underclassmen to pick up where we left off.”
“We will never forget the people who have crossed our paths and touched our lives,” Martinez said. “Thank you, parents, for your love and support.”
Salutatorian Clayton Fraley, who plans to attend Texas A&M University, opened his speech with a resounding “howdy” and discussed “valuable and useful skills” that the students have learned during their years at MHS.
“Determination is the key to success,” he said. “Family is the most important thing … Try to find joy in anything you do … Laugh as much and as often as possible … Remember where you came from.”
Valedictorian Lydia Crow is planning to study athletic training at Texas State University.
“We can do this guys,” she told her classmates. “The entire point of graduating is starting something new, outside of our comfort zone. Well, class of 2016, don’t be afraid to try something new.”
Superintendent Keith Smith, whose daughter Jewel was among the graduates, and Principal Shaye Murphy also offered words of encouragement to the graduates.
“You are what being a Mustang is all about,” Murphy said.