NORTH ZULCH — Just 11 North Zulch seniors accepted diplomas on Saturday, and the ceremony felt more like a family reunion than pomp and circumstance.
It was a year of transition for the small school, which had a full slate of new coaches and got a new high school principal and new superintendent within the last few months.
But the high school gym was packed as the entire community came out to support its graduates.
“It’s a pleasure to see so many family members and friends here to celebrate,” said Superintendent Doug Devine.
Salutatorian Breanne Matheson recognized her classmates Kiera and Kyela Cosby and championed the class of 2016 as “a class to remember.”
Matheson, who recently was named Ms. North Zulch and Ms. School Spirit, plans to attend Blinn College then transfer to University of Texas Medical Branch.
Valedictorian Hans Osth, who is committed to Texas A&M University, was named the first recipient of the high school’s Golden Paw Award. Osth also was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year, Mr. North Zulch, Most Likely to Succeed, Best Laugh and Friendliest.
“This is a moment to happily celebrate the accomplishments of graduating high school,” Osth said. “Life is not over after graduation. I’m very happy to say we have made the important decision of graduation a reality.”
The graduates presented roses to their parents, siblings, friends and favorite teachers and administrators while country songs “I Hope You Dance” and “Tattoos on This Town” played over the public address system.
The following scholarships were presented by members of the School Board and community donors:
•Bob Jones Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) — Ky•ela Cosby
Waller Family Scholarship ($1,000) — Kyela Cosby
•Normangee State Bank Scholarship ($1,000) — Kyela Cosby
•Marie Barrett Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) — Hans Osth
•Dolores Allphin Memorial Scholarship ($500) — Hans Osth
•Corky Hibbetts Memorial Scholarship ($500) — Hans Osth
•Marie Barrett Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) — Kiera Cosby
•Albert Casey Memorial Scholarship ($500) — Kiera Cosby
•Marie Barrett Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) — Evette Fannin
•Madisonville Funeral Home Scholarship ($500) — Evette Fannin
•Carter Enterprises ($500) — Breanne Matheson
•Madisonville Funeral Home Scholarship ($500) — Breanne Matheson
•Madisonville Funeral Home Scholarship ($500) — Mackenzie Horn
•First State Bank of Bedias ($375) — Mackenzie Horn
•Madisonville Funeral Home Scholarship ($500) — Samantha Pate
•First State Bank of Bedias ($375) — Samantha Pate
•Prosperity Bank ($200) — Anthony Reed
•Bank of Madisonville ($500) — Anthony Reed
•North Zulch Education Foundation ($500) — Kiley Gaston, Macy O’Neal, Sonora Schueneman and Ty Zehnder
•North Zulch Education Foundation ($1,000 for past graduates) — Cori Drake, Erin Diserens, Dyanna Fennel and Kyli Brown