Newburg High School seniors walked into their school as students for the last time Sunday afternoon.


Newburg High School seniors walked into their school as students for the last time Sunday afternoon.

Amidst temperatures that reached close to 90 degrees outside, the 38-person class received their diplomas in the high school gymnasium, surrounded by their families.

Valedictorian Jessie Melton’s speech focused on not only her thoughts on graduation, but also those of her fellow graduates, whose final wishes she had recorded and then read during her speech.

Peggy Baker, the school’s librarian and former speech and theater teacher, was selected to give the commencement address.

Giving the final word on the Class of 2010 was high school Principal Steve Guffey, who compared watching the students grow to seeing his own children mature.

It wasn’t all serious business, though. Students presented a glass case filled with marbles, with an inscription reminding Guffey the class was responsible for a few of his marbles to be lost. The gift was proudly displayed on the lectern during Guffey’s speech.