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Boyd graduates 14 in class of '22
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Eli Jones, left, and Ryan Lee prepare to receive their diplomas during the Boyd Christian graduation ceremony Thursday night at Central Church of Christ.
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Alex Stinson is all smiles as he receives his diploma from Boyd Christian board chairman Tim Akers during graduation Thursday night. - photo by Bethany Porter

Boyd Christian graduated 14 seniors Thursday night in a sentimental sendoff ceremony at Central Church of Christ.

It was a bittersweet moment for many of the graduates as most of them have been together since kindergarten and some have spent their entire high school careers together. The ceremony began with opening remarks from Boyd Christian principal Donna Newby where she told the graduates their adventure is beginning.

Salutatorian Jake Jones took a humorous approach in his address to his fellow graduates and recalled some fond memories.

“I’ve had a lot of good times throughout high school and I’ve made a lot of memories. Like locking Mrs. Shelley out of her classroom, which she didn’t enjoy that joke too much, and having to clean her room multiple times for many different reasons and let me tell you that room looked spotless,” said Jake.

He thanked his family, friends, classmates, and the staff at Boyd Christian for helping him get to this point. Jake also reflected on his time playing basketball and ended his speech wishing success to his fellow graduates.

“I hope all of you go on to be successful to wherever life takes you from this point,” said Jake.

Valedictorian Anna Jones encouraged her classmates to try and keep a positive mindset in her speech.

“Seeing things in a positive way can improve your mental state of mind as well as the people around you. By acting in a positive way, you can influence others to be better people. It’s very hard to keep a positive mindset all the time, but the best thing you can do it try,” said Anna.

She also brought up the importance of believing in yourself and said to remember that God made everyone special, meaning no one is alike.

“You are your own person, unique from everyone else. The only way you will achieve your goals is by building up your confidence and believing in yourself,” said Anna. “Believing in ourselves and allowing God to lead us in the right direction will make our goals in life that much easier to achieve. Philippians 4:13 states that ‘I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.’ Never sell yourself short of the things you can achieve. With God on your side you can achieve great things.”

Commencement speaker Cody Boston encouraged graduates to be of sound mind and never grow tired of learning more. The ceremony ended with a Senior Slide Show full of pictures of the graduates through the years.