The Class of 2017 Senior Breakfast, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance, included eating, visiting, taking photos, signing year books and a sports signing event where the following committed: Andrea Stitt, Hendrix College, soccer; Kortanie Ruhland, Lyon College, softball; Kristen Wad, Crowder College, softball; Nick Gentry, Lyon College, football; Chris Bass, Oklahoma Wesleyon, baseball; Nick Howard, Oklahoma Wesleyon, baseball; Micah Cox, CBC, soccer.
Holding his toddler, a Taco Franko, a youth minister, told the students, “You were this small one time, look at you now.”
Making reference to two tornados, he told the students they are strong and can do most anything they want to do in their lives.
Sometimes, he said, people get the “taste in their mouth” they do not want to live in Vilonia. But, you are blessed to live in this town. As teenagers, you have already seen more than most see in life. You experienced it, you lived through it. Now, you need to press on to a higher calling.”
Matt Sewell, high school principal, also spoke. He said the breakfast would be the last time some of the students would see each other at school. Although some aren’t planning to participate in the graduation ceremonies, he said, he hoped to see everyone back together May 13, at the graduation ceremonies.
Board of education members in the audience were recognized as well as the cafeteria workers who prepared the meal. Eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy as well as fruit and drinks were served. The cafeteria workers spelled out 2017 using fruit.