High school graduations next week

Local high school seniors will take a big step into the next stage of their lives next week when Lovell and Rocky Mountain high schools hold their annual commencement exercises.

Lovell High School will present the Class of 2012 at its 93rd Commencement Exercise Monday at 7 p.m. at the LHS Johnny Winterholler Gymnasium.

Chad Lindsay will be the graduation speaker, and the evening will also include the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” by the LHS band under the direction of Dane Mickelson, a welcome by Principal Scott O’Tremba, the salutatory address by Breya Price, valedictory addresses by Susannah Robertson and Jodi Walker, a “Grease” medley by the LHS Swing Choir, staff member retirement presentations by board of trustees member Matt Bassett, the presentation of the senior class by Supt. Dan Coe, the presentation of diplomas by board vice-chairman Bruce Jolley and the recessional “Ode to Joy” by the LHS Band.

Some 47 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas.

Rocky Mountain High School will present its Class of 2012 at the school’s 29th Commencement Exercise Tuesday at 7 p.m. at RHMS in Cowley.

The commencement speaker will be School Resource Officer Steve Coleman, and the night will also include a prelude by Lorrie Brost, the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” by the RMHS Band under the direction of Spencer Clark, a welcome by senior class president Travis Hatch, a salutatory address by Ashley Bridges, a valedictory address by Ethan Strom, the presentation of awards by Principal Tim Winland, an introduction of the speaker by senior class representative Camaron Wambeke, the announcement of scholarship awards by Counselor Tim Jones, the announcement of scholar athletes by Winland, a senior PowerPoint presentation, the presentation of the senior class by Winland, the presentation of diplomas by members of the school board, the tassel transfer by Senior Class Secretary Ciera Coleman and the recessional by the RMHS Band.

Grad Night Out

The annual Grad Night Out graduation party will be held following each commencement exercise at the Lovell Community Center.

This year’s event will have a Survivor/Fear Factor theme, organizer Georgette Lewis said. The party will begin at 9 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday and last most of the night, ending around 4 or 4:30 a.m.

As graduates and guests gather, there will be food to eat and music playing, provided by DJ Stan Hedges. The first 3½ hours will also include karaoke and a “surprise live band,” Lewis said.

The students will then head to Victory Lanes for a bowling party that will run from around 12:30 until 2 a.m.

The graduates will then return to the community center for games to decide “who will be the ultimate survivor of the Class of 2012,” Lewis said.

“We’ll have some old favorites but lots of new games,” she added.

Grad Night Out will end with breakfast and prizes. Every senior will win a prize, Lewis said, and some of the major prizes include an iPOD, an iPAD, a refrigerator, a camera, a video, some “big bucks” and lots more.

Lewis said she would like to thank her core committee of husband Nick Lewis, Colleen Tippetts and Renae Miller, Sher Jolley for the food, Denise Harrison for sending out letters and the many volunteers who help set up, decorate and run the activity.

“I’d also like to thank the senior classes for donating money from their class funds,” Lewis said. “This sends a sign, to me, that they want the party.”

By David Peck