Rock Hill High School says farewell to class of 2010

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Rock Hill High School class of 2010 said goodbye to high school and hello to adulthood Saturday night during the school’s 60th commencement ceremony.

The ceremony began at 7 p.m. and 90 students were declared graduates in the school’s gymnasium filled with friends and family wishing them well.

“This has been a close-knit, good group,” Steve Lambert, principal, said. “They have a lot of fun. A lot of bright kids with a great future.”

Lambert had some words of wisdom to pass along to the senior class.

“Always be willing to listen to others who have been there and have good advice,” Lambert said.

Kim Hackworth, math teacher, had two pieces of advice for the class.

“Focus on priorities and stay true to yourself,” Hackworth said.

Todd Stewart, 31 of Nicholasville, Ky., had similar words for his graduating niece, Carly Sanford.

“Always be yourself,” Stewart said. He also wants Sanford to cherish the moment.

“I’m so happy for her,” he said. “She worked very hard to get where she’s at.”

Graduate Lindsay Dickess said what she will miss the most about high school is her friends. She said graduating high school seemed surreal.

“It doesn’t seem possible,” Dickess said.

Dickess will be attending Marshall University in the fall majoring in business and plans to spend the summer vacationing at Myrtle Beach, going to church camp and trying out skydiving.

Katie Coleman said she was both excited and nervous about graduation. Coleman will be going to college this fall.

“I want to be a nurse and have a whole lot better life than I had growing up,” Coleman said.

Cody Wilds, senior, also has plans for nursing and said he is excited about graduation, but has things he will miss.

“I’m going to miss football,” Wilds said. He has been playing since his second-grade year.

Lisa Birchfield, who is engaged to the father of graduate Bryanna Newcomb, said she has no advice for Newcomb because she is already on the right track.

“She’s pretty much done it all,” Birchfield said. “She is the smartest and kindest kid I’ve ever known.”