Saturday, August 20, 2011

An Evening of Weather and Gifts

East Burke High School celebrated their 2011 graduation exercises on Friday night, June 10th.  About 80 minutes before the event was supposed to start, mother nature decided to display her fury with everthing except a snow storm!  The only ones that were safe from the storm were the graduates who were tucked away in a secure building they had endured for 4 years.  With school staff, volunteers and parents being caught in the bad weather, everyone moved to the school gym and the festivities started only 20 minutes behind schedule.

The ceremony proceeded as practiced with only a few kinks and soggy shoes here and there.  With first year principal Mrs. Debbie Jennings finally able to relax and take off her weather person hat she had worn all day, the evening was a night to remember.  As the graduates proceeded across the stage, most handed their beloved principal a rubber bouncy ball in their handshake.  This resulted in many additional smiles and something you just had to be there for.

All in all, the night turned out to be terrific.  As I wandered around taking photos, I never once heard a complaint from anyone.  With many people sitting in the stands still soaking wet, this was a night for the graduates and nothing was going to ruin their special evening.