BALDWYN – Baldwyn High School sent its 2017 graduating class off Friday night and the group’s achievements were commendable.
The class boasted two valedictorians and two salutatorians.
Russ Trollinger, one of the valedictorians, said he enjoyed playing baseball in high school.
“Last year we didn’t make it to playoffs, but this year we did and that was exciting,” Trollinger said.
In his valedictorian speech, Trollinger said most of the group grew up together, but as they leave they are all starting new chapters.
His message to those graduating was to have courage and always keep God first.
“I challenge you to always keep God first no matter what is going on in your life,” Trollinger said.
The senior plans to attend Itawamba Community College in the fall and major in nursing. However, he does not see baseball in his future.
The other valedictorian, Ingrid Osmundson, said she will attend Louisiana State University and study biochemistry.
“I am excited about going six hours away because I’ll get to be on my own,” Osmundson said.
In her speech she said she is excited to embark on the rest of her life, but is also a little nervous.
“Baldwyn High School will always hold a special place in my heart,” Osmundson said. “I learned it’s okay to fail, as long as we work through those failures.”
Salutatorian Kody Hollin had a similar outlook on graduation. She will attend Mississippi State University and study biological sciences with an emphasis in pre-med.
“I’m excited about being out on my own and making my own choices,” Hollin said.
Her speech included a thank you to her mom and a message to all graduates that it is acceptable to fail or to make wrong decisions.
“Those of us who fail will be the most successful,” Hollin said.
Dawn Jackson, the other salutation, said she will study international business with majors in economics and Spanish at MSU.
“I enjoyed being able to do cheerleading and band, two things I really enjoy,” Jackson said about her time in high school.
At the ceremony she spoke of the pleasure it was to spend her time in high school with so many unique individuals.
“Those values that have been instilled in us will only lead us to greater endeavors,” Jackson said.
Graduate Cheyenne Pilkington is set to attend ICC and then plans to go to the University of Mississippi to become an elementary art teacher.
“My favorite part of high school was being able to do everything with my class while making it fun,” Pilkington said.
There were 53 students in the graduating class this year.