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Springwood focuses on Christ at Friday’s graduation

LANETT — Friends and family packed inside of the humid basketball gym at Springwood School to celebrate and honor this year’s 29 graduates.

“I was joking earlier that we could probably pass around an offering plate for the air conditioning to get it on,” a school official said after a student spoke at the ceremony.

The heat couldn’t stop the celebration, however, as it was announced that 84 percent of the graduating class had earned $2.3 million total in scholarships.

Each graduate walked in the gymnasium one-by-one with plenty of opportunities for family members to get photographs. The portion of the night where diplomas were given was a bit different than a lot of other schools as there was no applause given for most of the graduates as their names were called and they walked across the stage. Once all of the names were called, the audience gave the graduates a decent amount of applause.

Every speaker at the AISA school had a Christ-centered message for every speech. Bible verses were used to encourage, teach and guide the graduates for the next steps of their lives throughout the night, concluded by the famous Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” the verse reads.

Prayer opened and closed the night as it was mentioned in the opening prayer the night could’ve been totally different. On Wednesday, Harrison Spivey totaled his car in a one-car accident where he lost his control on the road and hit a nearby tree. Spivey only suffered a few scratches and bruises as he delivered the closing prayer at the ceremony on Friday night.

As the graduates turned their tassels, they exited outside of the gymnasium and tossed up their hats for one more photo opportunity before hugging their fellow classmates, friends and family members.