By Mary Kay Morrow
They had been rivals. They had been strangers. But on Sunday, 397 students from Hickman Mills and Ruskin high schools celebrated side-by-side in a sea of orange and blue.
They were the Class of 2011—the historic firsts to graduate since the two schools combined last fall. Although some had speculated that the consolidation of the two adversary schools could have disastrous results, Valedictorian David Jones set the historic record straight:
The courageous students had united.
“We will forever be a large family of Cougars and Eagles,” he told his fellow graduates and their loved ones on Sunday.
(See full story, and full coverage of all the local graduations in the May 26th issue of the Jackson County Advocate. See more photos on the Jackson County Advocate FB page)