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STEM Saturday’s graduation ceremony featured the 10th class to walk across the stage at Granville Central High School.

The day was filled with the usual pageantry, but the Panthers could not let the day go by without a little drama, such as performing a backflip center stage or running out of diplomas to hand out to graduates.

Principal Janita Allen recognized Esmeralda Malagon Martinez, Walker Forsythe, Cierra Newton, Hau Nguyen and Joel Estes for receiving the Principal’s Award for the outstanding content of their character.

Ashlyn Maria Smoot addressed the graduates as the 2019 salutatorian. Smoot related her journey through school to sports and how her teams always knew when to pick her up.

Smoot, quoting Helen Keller, said “Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.”

She said the team she is most proud to be on is the one with her family and closest friends.

“My team of family members and friends have taught me that I had to work hard to get what I wanted.”

Her team continued to remind her of her goals and they shaped her into the person she is today.

Austin Lewis, valedictorian, said the competition was very fierce for the top spot in the class of 2019. He thanked his fellow graduates for the competition.

Lewis spoke of finding the right path to take and following the path all the way.

The 2019 Granville Central graduates patiently waited for Dr. Alisa R. McLean to signal the turning of tassels.

Parents, families and friends applauded as the graduates filed out of the ceremony.