BIDWELL — River Valley High School’s (RVHS) Class of 2012 marched through the high school gymnasium for the last time as seniors Friday night before earning their diplomas during the annual commencement ceremony.
River Valley graduated 114 students as part of the RVHS Class of 2012.
The ceremony began with a performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the River Valley Band Ensemble and the “National Anthem” by Phoenix, which were followed by opening remarks by Salutatorian Adam Johnson.
RVHS Principal Timothy Edwards served as emcee for the event, and Gallia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Charla Evans provided remarks.
“Graduates, I challenge you — each of you — to find your passion in life,” Evans said. “Passion opens the door for achievement. When you are passionate about what you are doing, commitment naturally follows. People with passion enjoy the climb as much as they enjoy reaching the summit.”
Following a performance by the River Valley Show Choir, BTS Software Solutions CEO, and RVHS alumnus, Sean Lane served as the keynote speaker and provided direction for the soon-to-be-graduates.
“One of the things I learned about setting goals and achieving them is that being from this area gives you a distinct advantage,” said Lane. “Being a Gallia Countian, being a River Valley graduate, helps you achieve these goals. We have earned this — you have earned it. Nothing was handed to you, and those life lessons will follow you the rest of your life.
You know how to confront problems and find solutions. You know how to earn everything that you get, and that backbone, that strength, that callousness that we developed from living in this area is going to benefit you for the rest of your life. Be proud of being from Gallia County. Be proud of being a River Valley graduate.”
Valedictorian Abby Hammond addressed her fellow classmates about setting goals for the future.
“Now we are at the point in our lives where this question really matters. Throughout the last couple of years, we have spent countless hours forming our dreams and focus,” Hammond said. “Today, we are almost all grown up, and now it’s our chance to make our crazy and wild dreams a reality.”
Closing remarks for the commencement were provided by Salutatorian Lindsey Polsley, and Senior Class President Kyla Thaxton presented the graduated class before the event concluded.
Graduates from the RVHS Class of 2012 are: Michelle Ilene Aaron, Erik Harbour Anderson, Brett Anthony Armenta, Sean D. Artrip, Savannah Marie Baird, Katharine Elizabeth Blodgett, Mark Anthony Bowen II, Stanley William Bowman II, Stephen Matthew Brown, Charles Blake Burdette, Kelsey Leann Butcher, T.J. Riley Dalton Call, Christopher Matthew Carroll, Zacariah John Church, Adam Michael Clagg, Brandon Michael Cleland, Emily Renee Coleman, Danielle Nicole Colwell, Haley Renee Cox, Ryan Christopher Cox;
William Oyer-Douglas Dillon, Joshua Eli-Earnhardt Dummitt, Stephany Lynne Durham, Chelsey Dawn Eblin, Harley Cheyenne Eblin, Georgena Virginia Kay Ehman, Anna Mae Elkins, Tracy Myscell Evans, Cody James Ferrell, JaiNai Neavonne Fields, Katherine Nicole Fillinger, Dallas Flicker, Derek Alan Flint, Brittany Nicole Garnes, William Chanze Gilbert, Morgan Nichole Gillenwater, Wendy Sueanne Gordon, Jessica Mae Halley, Abby Christine Hammond, Troy Hardy, Aaron Michael Harrison, Jacob Allen Hefner, Brittany Dawn Hoffman, Cody Michael Holley, Jared Michael Hollingsworth, Amber Horne, Stephanie Rose Isaac, Richard Aaron Jackson, Adam Reid Johnson, Erin Hope Johnson, Misti Ann Jones;
Bridget Nicole Kimes, David Wayne Kinneman, Bryan Devin Kirby, Nicholas M. Larsen, Ciara Marie Layne, Danielle Edna Jayne Leonard, Craigory Reginald Octavias Long, Jason Allen Luckett, Megan Renee McCoy, Lindsey Dawn Merrill, Teresa Carolyn Miller, Bethany Lynn Misner, Gary Mitchell, Josh Allen Mollett, Amanda Kelly Moore, Elena Dawn Murray, Allison Erin Neville, Zachery T. Nichols, Trey Garrett Noble, Rachel Nicole Nomina, Emilee Noel Norman, Anna Rashell North, Zachary Ian Oliver, Kelsey Nicole Pasquale, Alisha Faye Plantz, Alexa Mikael Plummer, Lindsey Megan Polsley, Stephen Logan Porter, Travis Potter, Kelsey Ashton Potter, Garrett Lee Provens, Brittany Nicole Ramey, Sonja Marie Rankin, Dustin Lee Reynolds, Jordan Ray Rife, Zachary Craig Roberts, Dustin James Robie, Austin James Rucker, Aaron Morgan Rupe, Delia Virginia Russell;
Elisha Marie Sears, Travis Glenn Shaver, Kenneth Austin Roger Sheets, Aaron Lee Shepherd, Nathaniel Doyle Shuler, Eric David Snyder, Cody Allen Spaun, Christopher Austin Spurlock, Marshall Wolf Taylor, Kyla Nicole Thaxton, Ryan Jacob Thomas, Brandon Michael Valentine, Jessica Noel Walker, Charles Dakota Ward, Coty Tyler Warren, Mary Lynn Waugh, Kruz Allen White, Rowdy Steven White, Patrick St. Taylor Williams, Louis Williams, Lacie Nichole Wolford, Laken Rashea Workman, William Boyd Workman, Tyler Nicole Wray.