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CLASS OF 2023: Bulldogs graduate with big dreams

by I.C. Murrell | May 22, 2023 at 3:08 a.m.
Honor graduate Reese Owens lets out a yell after she receives her diploma during White Hall High School's graduation Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. See inside for a photo page on the graduation. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)

This is the 14th entry in the Class of 2023 series.

It was standing room only Friday evening at the White Hall High School commencement.

Both sets of bleachers and overflow seating at Bulldog Stadium were full, leaving some guests standing. Twenty-five of the approximately 219 students graduated with honors.

Jacob Thien Tai Pham was named the 2023 class valedictorian and both Manas Patel and Parker Wiley served as salutatorians.

"Today, we stand at the threshold," said Wiley. Patel's topic was, "The path before us ... Embrace the future."

Pham said, "We must challenge ourselves, push ourselves." In a moment of levity, he encouraged his fellow classmates, "Go big or go home."

Before starting his speech, Pham expressed his sympathy for the family of Benjamin Redix, who was shot and killed the night before in North Little Rock. Redix was a classmate and a star athlete.

Prior to the presentation of diplomas, and to a standing ovation, WHHS Principal Nathan Sullivan handed Redix's diploma to his mother.

White Hall School District Board President Raymond Jones and teacher Bradley Boast, along with a few others, handed the diplomas to students.

The high school band played the school's alma mater.

In her remarks as part of Friday evening's welcome, White Hall High School senior and honor student, Reese Owens, said, "Class of 2023, let's graduate."

  photo  An overflow crowd at Bulldog Stadium witnessed White Hall High School's commencement Friday night. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  Honor graduates stand to receive their diplomas. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  A young lady dances in excitement over receiving her diploma. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  A young man stands tall once he is awarded his diploma. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  From left, salutatorian Manas Patel, valedictorian Jacob Pham and salutatorian Parker Wiley take the podium for their speeches. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  Approximately 225 students made up White Hall's Class of 2023. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)
  photo  White Hall High School Principal Nathan Sullivan congratulates an honor graduate. (Special to The Commercial/Deborah Horn)

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