By Christine Baker, TSB Staff
According to the Urban Dictionary, graduation is “the best known cure to senioritis and similar diseases. Side effects include long gowns, flat square-shaped hats, diplomas, responsibility, college, and/or a career.”
It’s that time again. The Class of 2013 is set to take the stage, with 1,585 seniors from MISD graduating. McKinney Boyd’s senior class is the largest with 680 students, McKinney High has 519 and McKinney North 386.
All three MISD schools will hold graduation ceremonies Friday, June 7 at Prestonwood Baptist Church. McKinney North’s ceremony is at 10 a.m., McKinney Boyd’s at 2:30 p.m. and McKinney High’s at 7 p.m.
“I’m most excited to have everyone in one place for the last time. My family is coming from New York, so for them to see for the first time how our school does it will be awesome,” said Tate Mulligan of McKinney High.
“I’m so excited and honored to be presenting the senior video on behalf of the senior class, so I’m really excited for my classmates to see our year in review,” said MHS’ Jamie Weiss.
“I’m most excited about my speech at graduation,” Dilan Shah added.
Graduation usually brings mixed feelings for most students, but the principals are just as excited for their graduates to walk the stage.
“I am very excited since this will be my first graduating class at MHS. The ceremony will be a nice conclusion to a wonderful year at MHS,” MHS principal Dr. Logan Farris said. “The Class of 2013 is a very creative class and I am expecting a flood of innovation and creativity in their future. One example is the MHS Lip Dub created during Homecoming 2012. This was a wonderful example of student creativity and school spirit that truly had a profound impact on our entire school and community.”
“I am as excited about this class as any we’ve had come through this school,” Boyd principal Rick McDaniel said. “This class is packed full of leaders with big hearts. Their legacy will be one of servitude to our school and to our community.”
“Graduation is so special as we’ve enjoyed the last four years with our
students and have great memories of their time at MNHS,” North principal Jimmy Spann said. “This year’s class is unique as it’s the first time in school history that a male student is the valedictorian. We’ve experienced great success and have had many accomplishments as a school and it largely rests on the leadership of the senior class. This year’s class received more than $4 million in scholarships while being offered more than $10 million. Eighty-nine percent of our seniors have indicated that they are going to college and I feel they are
prepared and ready for the challenge.”
As the bittersweet moment approaches, many McKinney students are planning for big things in their futures.
“In the fall I’ll be attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication to study broadcast journalism at Syracuse University in New York,” Weiss said.
“I will be participating in the Rotary Youth Foreign Exchange program to Argentina,” Mulligan said.
“After high school I’ll be going to Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and will be going the pre-med route,” Shah said.
Spann said it is his hope that this class builds upon the MNHS motto of “Reaching Beyond Expectations.”
“They have developed the attributes of character, compassion, commitment, confidence and courage, and should do well,” Spann said. “I’m very proud of the 2013 Senior Class and know full well that they are ready to accept the challenges that lie ahead.”
“I hope that they find the intersection where their passions and talents connect,” Farris said. “This is where true happiness and success occur. I would also hope that they would be leaders in each of their arenas of influence.”
“I hope that this class fulfills all of their dreams and that in time they recognize the impact that they have made on our campus and this community. Their potential is unlimited, and so are their talents.” McDaniel said. Help others in need and lead with your heart. Stand on the side of right and you can’t go wrong.”
How would the three principals describe their senior class?
“Passionate,” Farris said.
“Heart,” McDaniel said.
“Resilient,” Spann said.
Graduating seniors have a little advice to pass along to next year’s seniors, too. After all, before you know it, we’ll be talking about the Class of 2014.
“Take in every moment of your senior year,” Shah said. “Don’t take anything for granted because it will all be gone soon. Senior year is all about celebrating the end of a journey and you should capitalize on the short amount of time that you have to do that.”
“You only have one high school career,” Mulligan said. “Take all the opportunities that are given to you. You don’t know what doors will be opened to you.”
“Start your college applications early,” Weiss said. “I promise it’ll save you stress in the long run.”