DUNCAN — The Duncan Unified School District recently sent 18 talented young people out into the world.
Duncan High School graduates for the class of 2019 were lauded by their families and friends late last month at the high school gymnasium.
Britni Avant-Goss and her classmates, Delanie Claridge and Payton Damron, reminisced about the journey all of them had taken to get there.
“In our primary school years, we all remember when there was a garden snake hiding where the backpack rack was, and us 5-year-olds were a bit traumatized,” Claridge said in their shared speech.
The graduates go forth as a shining example of Duncan youth. Presenting the honors awards, Superintendent Eldon Merrell told the crowd with no small amount of pride, “Tonight’s graduates have been awarded a combined total of $137,465 toward higher education. We’re thankful for those that offered and presented those scholarships, and (are) excited for our young students to go to the next level and use that money.”
“It’s been a great few years together,” valedictorian Nate Rapier said. “We’ve made lots of memories and learned all kinds of lessons. Some lessons have been planned and others definitely were not; but nevertheless, we’re better for them.”