Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School’s Class of 2015’s motto was “We’re going to make history,” and they did just that at their graduation ceremony, thanks to senior class president Sanika Smith.
Smith was undoubtedly the first Putnam County student graduate ever to use a selfie stick to take a photo during a graduation speech.
“Because I have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I’m going to use it to help us make history tonight,” Smith said, before pulling out the device to take the photo of herself and her classmates on the field behind her.
Approximately 90 seniors walked onto Wisnoski Field at Wilcher Stadium to receive their diplomas Thursday night.
In his opening remarks, Noah Hartley set the tone for the ceremony by summing up the senior Raiders’ attitude. “No matter what happens, we are from Crescent City High School, and we will prevail,” he said. Raiders do not back down.”
Phyllis Criswell, superintendent of Putnam County schools, spoke of technology during her speech. She told the graduates that they had grown up in a much different world than their parents and grandparents. “Never before have the people of the world been able to communicate instantly with each other,” she said, adding that events that happen in other places can and do affect them directly because of it.
Kenya Lovell, university chaplain at Bethune-Cookman University and a 1997 graduate of CCJSHS, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
Among the many things she advised the graduates to do was “See the world. Even if it’s just a sliver of the world.”
She also told the graduates to surround themselves with “people who get you.”
At the very end of the ceremony, Principal Mechele Higginbotham had one last surprise for her graduating seniors when she told them to “turn your tassels to the right.” After a few moments of confusion among the Class of 2015, she said “Gotcha! You turn them to the left. That’s my senior prank on you!”