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Emotional farewell
Covenant Chloe Hillis emotional
Covenant Academy valedictorian Chloe Hillis gets emotional as she gives her speech Friday night during graduation.

Chloe Hillis couldn’t fight off tears when giving her valedictorian speech Friday night at Covenant Academy.

“It’s in this building where we’ve learned to be students, friends, teammates and so much more,” said Hillis before becoming one of five graduates in Covenant’s class of 2018.

It was a night to cherish for the all-female class which includes Nicolette Newby, Katherine Shelton, Crosley Smith and Kaylee Smith.

“Some say we ran all the boys away,” joked Newby in her salutatorian speech. “I say God kept us together for a reason.”

There was no shortage of reminiscing as Shelton read the senior class will and declared what the graduates would be leaving behind for others. Among things to be left behind were the habits of coloring during class instead of taking notes, and the tendency to blow things out of proportion.

Dr. Dean Northcutt addressed those in attendance and provided a bit of history by saying the school got its start with just 12 students. He joked with the young ladies by saying, “I pity the schools that get you,” before reminding them they are at the steering wheel of their future.

“Always remember, you have a choice,” said Northcutt. “You have a choice to be successful or not. You have a choice to be productive or not. You have a choice to be a winner or not.”

In keeping in touch with the Christian education offered at Covenant, Northcutt closed by saying, “The Lord has promised us if you follow me, I promise you I’ll make you strong. If you seek me, I’ll be there. If you hear me, I will lead you.”

Before handing out diplomas and declaring the girls high school graduates, headmaster Alan Smith praised them for their drive and determination and noted how much confidence they’ve gained over the years.

“These young ladies are who they are because of Christ and because of their families,” said Smith.

It promises to be a busy upcoming week for high school seniors as Boyd Christian School holds its graduation ceremony Thursday night at Central Church of Christ before Warren County High School has graduation Friday night at Nunley Stadium.