Purdy graduation is Saturday
Purdy High School will hold graduation for the 41 members of the Class of 2012 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 in the school gymnasium.
Valedictorian for the class is Addy Roller, daughter of Mike and Kim Roller. The salutatorian is Rachael Neill, daughter of Russ and Renae Neill.
Both the valedictorian and salutatorian will deliver speeches during commencement exercises. The faculty speaker, selected by the graduates, will be Carl Wethington, former Purdy Middle School science instructor.
Roller has been a four-year varsity member of the girls basketball team, where she is a three-time All-State first team player, the three-point state record holder and NCAA three-point shooter nominee. She was a member of the Class 2 State Champions in 2011, and has received numerous conference, district, and regional awards throughout her career.
Roller has held leadership positions in Student Council, National Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America, and has been a member of FFA, Academic Team, and Youth Alive, an on-campus Christian organization. Roller plans on attending Wayne State University in Nebraska, where she will major in education with coaching endorsement and a minor in business education.
Neill was a member of the Class 2 state champion basketball team in 2011, and earned All-District honors in 2012. She has been a varsity member in basketball, softball, track, and volleyball during her four years in high school.
Neill has held leadership positions in Student Council, National Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America, and has been a member of FFA, Academic Team, and Youth Alive, an on-campus Christian organization. Neill will attend Southwest Baptist University, where she plans on majoring in business with a minor in biological education.
Baccalaureate ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 9 in the high school gym.
The class colors are aqua, lime green and silver. The class flower is an aqua blue rose with a lime green tip.
The class motto comes from artist Michelangelo, who said. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it."