As most of the country celebrated Mother's Day, Nevada County had already seen and celebrated graduations in two of its flagship high schools, Prescott High School on Friday, May 11, and Nevada High School on Thursday, May 10.

As most of the country celebrated Mother’s Day, Nevada County had already seen and celebrated graduations in two of its flagship high schools, Prescott High School on Friday, May 11, and Nevada High School on Thursday, May 10.
Both school districts celebrated high school commencement exercises in their respective high school gyms packed with parents, relatives, friends and well-wishers.
At Prescott High School on Friday, Senior Class President Marybeth McRoy delivered the welcoming, and a group of senior speeches included the theme of “Change.”
Leading the senior speeches were Prescott’s “Highest Honor” graduate seniors from a group that included Anna Belle Byers, Cade Michael Haynie, Hank Henry Crain, Jacob Tyler Russell, Jacob Levi Milam, Kevin Riley White, Kimber Rea Birdsong, Marybeth McRoy, and Yasmeen Huerta.
At Nevada High School on Thursday in Rosston, graduating ceremonies featured a welcome by NHS Principal Mr. Michael Odom, presentation of the Class of 1998 Scholarship with Honor graduates Jordan Sanders and Sara Hillard delivering speeches.
Boston Moore gave the Teacher Appreciation speech and Bailey Reed delivered the Parent Appreciation expression. Brandon Gulley and Brady Rhodes each gave the Class Farewell and Nevada Superintendent Mr. Rick McAfee delivered the Administrative Address to the fellow graduates.
Nevada Honor graduates included Brandon Gulley, Bailey Reed, Brady Rhodes, Caney Hicks, Jordan Sanders, Boston Moore, Sara Hillard and Amanda Irvin and Alexis Shipp. Awarding the diplomas were McAfee, Michael Odom and Brandon Rhodes. Nevada High School Class of 2018 consisted of 38 senior graduates.
Other Prescott senior graduating with honors included Barbara Smith, Clayton Taylor, Derrick Nolen, Emily Sullens, Haleigh Wiley, Jomari Bailey, Josie Johnson, Keyonna Nard, Lacie Nolen, Lenell Johnson, M'Kayla Northcross, Margherita Bano, Skye Pope, Timothy Hopkins, and Vander Lloyd.
Other schools with Nevada students with pending graduations include Blevins High School’s Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18, and a regional private high school in Hope, Garrett Memorial Christian School on Sunday, May 20. Blevins will have 26 graduating seniors on Friday, while Garrett Memorial Christian School will have 12 graduating seniors.

Editor’s Note: The Picayune’s Gerren Smith and Lisa Martin both contributed to this report.