Vancleave High Class of 2021 graduates at the Coast Coliseum

This evening, the Vancleave community gathered to celebrate the newest class of Bulldog graduates.

Vancleave High School’s Class of 2021 made its ceremonious entrance ahead of their commencement. This evening included student speeches from the Valedictorian Makaelyn Thrash, Salutatorian Paige Whisenant, and Historian Kendall Chandler, along with an address from Jackson County School District Superintendent Dr. John Strycker. Dr. Strycker applauded the community for standing by their student’s during the last year of the pandemic.

Here’s what a couple of grads had to say about the last 12 years being Vancleave Bulldogs. Graduate Parker Lyons said, “I think we’re really close-knit. Like almost everybody knows everybody even though it’s a pretty big group. You know, most of us have been here 12 years, so it’s pretty cool to all finally be graduating together.”

Chandler said, “I’ve been with them since kindergarten. I’m part of the 12-year member club, so I’ve been with them forever and I’m so excited to speak to them. I’m super proud of them and what they do. We have a lot of people going everywhere across the United States, so it’s an honor just to be able to speak to them and congratulate them.”

Lyons will be continuing his schooling at Meridian Community College where he’ll also play tennis while Chandler will continue to rep the Bulldogs at Mississippi State.

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