Bellville community celebrates 134 Clear Fork High School graduates


CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A smiling, bright crowd of 134 seniors proudly turned graduation tassels and marched into their futures Sunday at graduation ceremonies at Clear Fork Valley High School.

Macy Wade, class president, told the gymnasium crowd she had been “engaged every single moment” in her school years. But she said the class is one person short.

She and other speakers at the ceremonies said all missed Josh Blauser, who passed away in the 2017 year.

Graduation ceremonies were held inside because of the temperamental state of weather. Outdoors has been wet, so students, parents, band members and school board officials moved inside.

Jared Lind, another speaker at the ceremonies, said Josh Blauser had taught people to always “keep walking.”

Blauser passed away because of health difficulties.

Lind said he had calculated numbers involving school time, and that for 680 days he and classmates had been together, “we had each other’s backs.”

The graduates moved by procession into the gymnasium, and high school principal Brian Brown read honors students had received.

Wade, Cassandra Vaughn, Chance Barnett and Lind spoke.

After the hour long ceremonies, the graduates turned their tassels, their were puffs of purple and green, and hats sailed into the air.

Seniors toss their hats into the air at the end of graduation ceremonies Sunday in Bellville. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
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By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

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