By Lacy Hilliard
The Johnson County High School Class of 2013 walked across the stage, toward a new chapter in their lives on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Some decorated with gold tassels, some with White National Honor Society stoles, Honors Thespian medallions, and purple National Technical Honor Society cords, but all sharing one commonality; the knowledge that high school is drawing to a close and that adulthood is on the horizon. As the Johnson County High School Band echoed Pomp and Circumstance throughout the Ray S. Shoun Memorial Gymnasium, the occasional tear could be seen falling from the eyes of parents that were witnessing perhaps one of the biggest steps in the lives of their children. No doubt, with thoughts of first steps, gap-toothed smiles, and little hands reaching for an unsteady grasp, the collective ambiance of parents and grandparents was pride as they watched their children turned young adults walk their way toward the future.
The Johnson County High School Class of 2013 is as follows: Hector Ramon Alvarado, Kip Riland Arney, Ashley Morgan Arnold, Austin Richard Arnold, William Blair Aschenback, Tambra Evelyn Bailiff, Issacc Rodney Banner, Anthony Dale Barker, Joseph Ray Barry, Timothy West Bellamy, Zachary Michael Bennett, Deidre Brooke Blackburn, Joseph Kody Blake, Dennis Edward Blevins, James Hunter Blevins, Michael Lynn Blevins, Kortney Logan Ilene Bodenjamer, Alan Michael Brown, Christine Diane Brown, Jeremiah Dustin Burns, Lacey Marie Canter, River Michael Cazire, Tony Christopher Church, Trevor Rob Clark, Joshua Harlod Clawson, Karissa Lace Cornett, Rachel Lauren Crosswhite, Kayla Maria Crowder, Aubri Celeste Crull, Joseph Edgar Dotson, Ernest Richard Dugger, Joshua Tyler Dugger, Aaron Tyler Duke, Megan Breann Dunn, Sydney Lauren Easley, Jonathon Michael Eldreth, Joshua Hayden Eller, Lori Lynn Eller, Tyler James Erickson, Rex Arlen Farley, Colton James Fenner, Jacob Logan Fletcher, Tamara Marie Fritz, Brittany Shayne Garr, Janie Marie Graybeal, Margaret Kelcey Graybeal, Brittany Michelle Greer, Holli Katherine Greer, Ryan Henry Guzman (Valedictorian), Andrew James Gwinn, Zachary Brian Hammond, Justin Lee Hammons, David Allan Hannah, Brandon Whiteside Hansen, Britney Nicole Harmon, William Paul Hawkins, Daniel Brian Helm (Valedictorian), Jacob Scott Henson, Elizabeth Makaila Hodges, Aaliyah Ann Holland, Seth Abel Hook, Joshua Elijah Humphrey, Connor Everett Icenhour, Zachary Paul Issacs, Steven Brian Isdell, Justin David Jacobs, Shelley Nicole Johannesson, Jamie Leigh Star Jones, Matthew Thomas Keene, Chase Austin Kleine, Dustin Michael Knighten, Dustin Richard Lacey, Kenneth Bradley Lane, Auburni Michelle Laws, Chevy Sheree Leonard, Daniel Lee Lester, Austin Shane Lewis, Justin Ryan Lipford, Andrew Seth Little, Brennan Xavier Lowery, Collin Wilbur Mahala, Ryan Jack Mahala, Sasha Kay Main, Kaitlyn Marie Martin, Michael William Matherly, Naxhieli Fabiola Matus, Chelsea Danae McCulloch, Jacob Douglas McGlamery, Andrea Rose McKinney ((Valedictorian), Ethan Cole McQueen, Latasha Kaitlin McQueen, Austin Ryan Miller, Haley Macalah Miller, Harley Nicole Minks, Nathaniel Stephen Moore, Casey Marie Morefield, Morgan Lee Murray, Heather Suzanne Norris, Summer Nicole Oliver, Chrystina Marie Osborne, Elijah Ray Osborne (Valedictorian), Joseph Robert Parker, Tyler Joseph Patterson, Tia Lynn Pennington, Edwin Blake Phillippi, Steven Mitchell Phipps, Aaron Joseph Porter, Miranda Shay Porter, Christopher Shane Poteet (Valedictorian), Luke Russell Poteet, Matthew Taft Presnell, Jonathan Tyler Price, Emily Yvonne Ratliff, Herbert Wayne Reall, Rachel Elizabeth Reece, James Michael Thymer, Justin Allen Rhymer, Alyssa Grace Ringwald, Elijah Noel Roark, Kristen Nicole Roark, Roby Austin Roark, Austin Bruce Roberts, William Tyler Roush, Matthew Preston Rufty, Courtney Leighan Sherrill, Michelle Roselee-Lynn Sizemore, Joseph McKinley, Ryan Lyons Smith, Tabitha Ashley Smith, Teddy Nathanual Smith, Anna Marie Snyder, Sarah Ellen Snyder, Jacob Clinton Sprague, Douglas Blaine Stanley, Brittney Amber Stidham, Richard Travis Stockinger (Valedictorian), Austin Cole Stout, Katlin Michelle Stout, Porschia Debra Suggs, Dakota Brock Swift, Daniel McKinley Swift, Sarah Beth Swift, Anthony Daniel Taylor, Caleb Joseph Tester, James David Tester, Kayla Leigh-Anne Tester, Desmond Nicole Tribble, Jonathan Christopher Vannoy, Jerry Lee Vanover, Justin Andrew Vanover, Michael Wesley Vickers, McKayla Hope Walker, Andrew Starr Wallace, Adam Skylar Ward, Cassidy Brooke Ward, Joshua Dwayne Watson, Ashleigh Jane Weaver, Selisa Lee White, Ryan McMillan Whitener (Valedictorian), Amanda Renee Wilcox, Kayla Dawn Williams, William Timothy Winebarger, Richard Jordan Thomas Winters, Mariah Elizabeth Wolfe, Dustin Rhea Woodard, James Andrew Woods, Tequilla Nicole Wright, and Linnea Angelique Younge.
With many students heading off to colleges and tech schools, some with decided majors others undecided, they turned their tassels with smiles on their faces and a gleam in their eyes. In the words of the great Dr. Suess Youre off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! Oh, the places the Class of 2013 will go!
By Lacy Hilliard