This Class

Last night was MS' high school graduation.  It's hard to believe he made it without me killing him or at least hurting him!  (Just joking here...I wouldn't do either to him!)  He is the stereotypical middle child, but he is a complete joy.  He's not afraid to show his emotions:  He can be a "huggy-feely" kind of person, completely in a masculine way.  He's not afraid to tell me he loves me in front of his friends.

I'm going to miss this class.  They welcomed MS in when they were in 7th grade (when we moved from SC) and treated him as if he had been there from the beginning of their school years.  I know in some small schools this isn't the case, and the newcomers are treated as outsiders.

This class won the football state championship all 4 of their high school years:  They only lost 3 games their whole high school career, and those were to a much larger school that won the state championship their 1st 2 years and was state runner-up for the last 2.  This class' senior year they were undefeated.
(The seniors on the field before the game for the coin toss.  This head coach has started the tradition that all of the seniors go out for the coin toss, then the captains for that game-they rotate doing the coin toss-continue on out to the middle of the field.)

(The scoreboard after the big rivalry game.  It had been 8 years since our high school had beat the other team.  They were supposed to have beat them a couple of times in the past 6 years, but they finally did it!)

This class has the honor of being part of the 1st team from our county to go to the state championship in soccer, or to even get to go to the state tournament.  They are continuing their march for the honor to go back to the state tournament, but it's still in the air at this point.

This class is "lively".  So many of them have been in some trouble, but deep down they are all good kids.  Some of the moms on the soccer team were talking, and we decided  they got in trouble because they are immature:  a lot of the kids in the class have birthdays in March & April.  Oh, and they do know how to have fun...a lot of it!
(Some of the senior boys before the game...they would go shirtless-regardless of the weather- and paint some of the players' numbers on the back, and paint a letter of the name of the school on their fronts.  This was their year to do that!  We'll see who carries on the tradition next year!)

This class leaves behind quite a legacy.  There's a classmate who made it all the way to Hollywood during American Idol (he was the center for the football team, and noone understood when he just quit the team a couple of weeks before the 1st game-he couldn't tell anybody what was going on):
A Gatorade Player of the Year for the state (there's only 1 per state)-this is the same young man who broke the record for the most touchdowns in a season (he had 50) and was invited to walk on at a major university nearby:
(Photo by Jenifer Clark)
Another classmate who will join another alum on a football team at a Division I university  in a neighboring state:
And, there are a couple of boys who will continue their football careers at smaller schools:

 (The one on the left is my "son from another mother"!  I absolutely adore the smile that the one on the right has.  Both are such great kids!)
Then there's the classmate who will be going to a major southern university on a "Tech"  scholarship (He did a a lot of the filming of school events)- he's the one on the right:
And the classmate that I'm sure has a future as a Contemporary Christian Artist:

 I'm sad to see this class leave.  I'm sad to see them disperse and go their own ways, because the days of them popping by the house will soon be over.  The nights of poker playing in the basement will just be something they'll talk about when they get together at reunions.  The front yard will be quiet with no boys  kicking the soccer ball or throwing the football around.
 So, I'm just going to enjoy this last summer before they go their own ways.  I love these boys like they're my own.
YS had a part in last night's ceremony:  The band played Pomp & Circumstance (okay, they're not playing here!):
After the ceremony, there were hugs & pictures all around:
(MS with both sets of grandparents.)
(OS & MS...I don't know who the man in back is, but he looks like he's posing as well!  YS was getting the band equipment back in the bandroom.)
(MS and one of his cousins)
 And a little get-together at the house (after husband went back up to the school to get YS & OS-we actually forgot about OS....not used to having him around anymore!)
(OS and a couple of cousins)
(The cake...obviously I took off his name and the first letter of his school...privacy reasons!)

I'm expecting great things out of this class:  I know they won't let me down!


  1. My OS is about to "graduate" from 8th grade in a couple of weeks [hopefully]. I feel the same way about HIS class. OS repeated 1st grade and ended up with this bunch of kids. Great kids. Many of them "odd" children, but they embrace each others' differences. Good kids that get along with each other.

    Congratulations to your MS!

  2. AWESOME! Sunday is our Senior Recognition Sunday at the Church and I will cry...always do. These are my babies and now they are going out into the world. Today, my baby, Kat is graduating from Auburn Montgomery with her Ed.S. I will cry...I am so proud of her. She is fulfilling dreams I thought I had...but life changes for us sometimes and we make different choices...and listen to God's will. Congrats to you and your family.

  3. I love classes like this! They remind us how wonderful it is to be young and so alive!

  4. Hi Mary, congrats to your dear son and his friends..he will have many new and fun things ahead in his lifetime.I wish him the best in his college days..hugs, Baba

  5. What a beautiful testament to an awesome group of young people! I bet YS will re-populate your home and yard soon enough! :)

    Graduation is such a BIG "thang".
    Your boy is very handsome and what a great time he's had with his very special graduationg class - what a BUNCH of honors and distinctions. Congratulations (to you and to him)

    BTW, thanks so much for stopping by my daughter's Blog yesterday to encourage her.

  7. LOVE this of your best since I've started reading!

    It is incredible what such a small group accomplished!!!!

    I think this is why I love teaching so much...witnessing what these kids are capable of. So many people discount them as "just teenagers." Your post proves otherwise!

  8. Ohhh. This made me want to cry! My children go to a small private school & their classes are very close-knit too. I can see in so well in my oldest's class.

  9. I wish I could have gone! I remember when I went and observed...HE came and got me to have lunch with him and his friends! Best wishes to him. Please give him a hug for me.

  10. Congrats to your Son and the rest of this amazing class!!!


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