By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The 108th Commencement of Millington Central High School took place under wet conditions.
But the rain couldn’t damp the spirits of the Class of 2018 on the turf of Mooney Boswell Field on the campus of MCHS. Millington Principal Dr. Clint Durley noted that the Class of 2018 deserved to have their graduation in a large enough venue for all to see on the campus they called home for four years under the banner of Millington Municipal Schools.
Inside the halls, several memories of the students moments away from graduation are depicted in photos covering walls in the word ‘ONE.’
As Durley noted, the night of May 17, 2018 would be the last time the Class of 2018 would be one. The students marched through the rain to Pomp and Circumstances. Colors were presented by the NJROTC Cadet Color Guard, with the MCHS Band playing the Star-Spangled Banner. Haleigh Boykin, Samuel Johnson, Cassidy Floyd and Donavon Hughes song the words.
After the alma mater and welcome by Class President Lily Morton, the MCHS Band and Chorale performed under umbrellas held by faculty and staff members.
Durley stepped to the podium to recognized all the special guest in attendance from the city of Millington like Mayor Terry Jones, Millington School Board members, administration from the feeder schools and more. Then Durley took a moment to recognize the 2018 MCHS Teacher of the Year William Carter who has been deployed for active duty. Carter missed graduation and will miss next school year for his service to the United States.
Then MCHS Assistant Principal Andrew Taylor introduced 2018 Salutatorian Beatriz Barrera. She delivered an emotional speech thanking her parents, natives of Mexico, for there timeless sacrifices and inspiration.
Assistant Principal Beth Hale presented 2018 Valedictorian Jennifer McCullough. She talked about her trials of overcoming her hearing loss to be the top student at MCHS. She illustrated to her peers you can beat the odds to succeed.
Then it was time for all the students to walk across the stage as the conditions started to clear. By the time the last name was called, the sky was dry. But it was time for tears to flow when Durley presented the Millington Central High School Class of 2018.
The member of the Millington Central High School Class of 2018 are Joel Adams, Logan Albert, Brenna Allen, Ivan Alvarado, Beida Copitzi Antunez-Segura, Osaretin Asemota, Holly Avery, Kyleigh Baldwin, Jaclyn Ballard, Anna Barker, Layne Barker, Ivy Barnes, Beatriz Barrera, Kaylon Barrentine, Stephanie Ben, Lindsey Birmingham, Markus Black, Preston Black, Kaylee Bone, Terry Bowen, Haleigh Boykin, Courtney Braddox, Daniel Bradshaw, Velandria Branch, Phoenix Brewer, Jayla Brown, Nathan Brown, Trinity Bryant, Tamia Buford, Mya Burnett, Cameron Call, Zachary Carpenter, Danny Chandler II, Susana Chavez, Kameron Clark, Daveren Coburn, JerMesha Coleman, Justin Coleman, Kenneth Collier, Leandra Cooper Jr., Addison Coulter, Mark Coulter, James Cox, Tyler Craig, MiaKayla Crawford, Tamia Crawford, Taylor Crawford, Victoria Cresswell, Jacob Cunningham, Catera Dalton, Tyler Davis, Shaun Dawson, Christopher Dickerson, Emily Ann Dickens, Meosha Dickson, William Dobbs, Karlecia Dockery, Blake Dodson, Joshua Doss, Michael Dunn, William Dupree, Kateleen Duty, Kendra Dyas, Jonathan Faulkner, Chelsea Ferrell, Gage Fesette, Tatum Fortson, Haley Fowler, Mackenzie Freeman, Megan Freeze, Skylar Funk, Caleb Gaia, Kayana Gaither, Nathaniel Garner, Olivia Germany, Gabriel Gevedon, Makayla Gooden, Dymond Green, Kelsey Griffin, Seanjulyla, Griffin, Joshua Groom, Emily Paige Hall, Audrey Hance, Artis Hardaway, John Harrell, Kenneth Harris II, Kenyatta Hart, Sarah Hart, Cameron Hayes, Gloria Hernandez-Rojas, Rebecca Hill, Marvin Hodo, Jaryn Hogan, Daniel Holcomb, Haley Holmes, Lacorsha Horne, Tazerria House, Sarah Huffer, Donavon Hughes, Michael Isaacs, Margaret Jenkins, Joann Jiang, Gustavo Jimenez, T’Kya Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Keyanna Jones, Onterrio Jones, Trinity Jones, Annamarie Keller, Aleya Kindred, Frederick Kolesar, Kyler Lawrence, Magan Lippin, Reyanna Lizana, Grace Looney, Kylan Louis, Pelaez Luna, Divine Lurry, Jacoby Maclin, Jalen Maclin, Savannah Manson, Cassidi Maple, Andrew Martin, Kayla Martin Jones, Darrion Mason, Bryce Mattox, Romeo Mays, Marcella McClellan, Myla McClinton, Jeffrey McCoy, Mackenzie McCrae, Jennifer McCullough, Junior McCullough, Jacob McGarvey, Brittney McGehee, Natasha McKay, Douglas Membreno, Magdiel Mendoza, Anastasia Meyer, Kaitlyn Mickey, Tyler Miller, Lindsey Mooney, Cedric Moore, Macie Moore, Lily Morton, Melissa Moses, Jordan Moss, Julianne Moss, Zachary Moss, Mark Anthony Nichols II, Dylan Nix, Vuyani Ogle, Alexander Ortiz, Samuel Parker, Cesar Perez, Rubeun Perkins, Brandon Perrin, Trisha Poppleton, Alexandra Raburn, Haley Ray, DeMarcia Reed, Landon Riba, Tashanna Robinson, Antonio Roddy, Oscar Rodriguez Jr., Tyrek Rogers, Jonathan Rosier, Jeremiah Russell, Graciela Sanchez, Tyler Scott, Charles Seward, Chelsey Sims, Solomon Slevoff, Tia Small, Dalton Smith, Jakira Smith, Wynton Sneed, Asia Sparkman, Patrick Stewart, Destiny Stokes, Thomas Stroud, Amber Tate, Darrell Taylor, Demoine Thomas, Coryante’ Threlkeld, Ayla Todd, Bailee Todd, Cassidy Todd, KeSean Triggs, Sergio Trujillo, Keishon Tucker, Kimberly Varela, Carlos Velez, Lydia Wagner, Dakota Ward, Christopher Warner, Sedebra Watson, Christopher Westcott, Aaron Williams, Brandon Williams, Carshunna Williams, Jason Williams Jr., Lakeisha Willis, Sha’Mya Williamson, Kyonna Windham, Kaitlin Wingard, Chandler Wood, David Woodard, Anna Wright and Samantha Wright.
By Thomas Sellers Jr.