Raider Graduates Take a Bit of History with Them

CCJSHS Graduates encouraged to Stay "Humble and Kind"
Posted on 06/09/2016

The 2016 class of Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High got to take a little piece of history with them after their graduation ceremony.

They were the last class to graduate from the junior-senior high school.

When next school year starts, it will be Crescent City High School, with only grades nine through 12.

But before they took the name with them, they had one last school function to go through.

Devin Hennessy gave the Pledge of Allegiance. Dantavious Kelly and Datwan Lewis gave a tribute to their classmates, with Lewis singing his part.

In her opening remarks, Jessica Aguilar thanked teachers, parents, school custodial and lunchroom staff, coaches and administration. “Behind every graduate there are at least a dozen people helping in a dozen different ways,” she said.

During her remarks to the graduates, Principal Mechele Higginbotham played a portion of a Tim McGraw song, encouraging them to stay “Humble and Kind.”

Dina Sullivan, parent liaison, translated Superintendent Phyllis Criswell’s speech into Spanish.

Criswell urged the students to take responsibility for themselves and their choices. “It is choice, not chance, that determines your future,” she said. “Don’t make excuses. Don’t blame others. In any decision or choice, the best thing that you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Zurisadai Rodriguez thanked the graduates’ caregivers and educators. “What we have become has been shaped by your actions, and what we will be, we hope you will be proud of,” she said.

Emily Rigdon, a retired teacher and a member of the first graduating class of Crescent-City High School in 1969, was the keynote speaker.

She spoke of her experiences as a senior having to go to the then-new Crescent City High School, along with 73 classmates, and all of the changes that entailed.

She concluded her speech with some words about the nature of change.

“Remember that change is inevitable. Be cautious of change for the sake of change. But if it’s forward thinking, constructive change, keep a growth mindset. Throw your arms wide open and embrace it, because good things will come.”