Thursday, May 31, 2012

Honoring The Graduate

Finally, I am getting back to Joe's graduation and fulfilling my promise of sharing his graduation display board that I spent so much time working on last week!

This is Joe giving his speech as the Salutatorian of his class.  I'm so proud of his hard work -- he graduated with a 4.0, including 12 hours of college credit earned through dual enrollment at the local college!

Joe was also awarded the Outstanding Christian Character Award for the senior class.  As far as I'm concerned, that award is more important than his MVP Awards for Basketball and Track, his Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and every other recognition he has received.  Christian character is a prize worth obtaining because its value does not perish or fade away!!

Each graduate is assigned a table, where he or she creates a unique display of pictures from his or her life, along with plaques, awards, newspaper articles, trophies, musical instruments, influential books and other favorite items that represent that student's interests and passions. These vary widely from person to person and are fun to walk around and look at.  Here is a picture of Joe with his table.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for -- a close up look at all of my hard work!  ;)

Well, honestly it is more of a look at all of Joe's hard work!  ;)  But, I did spend a lot of time sorting, cropping and pasting on pictures for Joe's board, and reliving many special memories in the process!

I took lots of pictures at the reception!  I'll share a few of my favorites with you.  This is Alan with our pastor.

And this is our Pastor's wife talking to Tiffany.  It was a blessing to have some of our church family come to Joe's graduation and join in our celebration of his accomplishments!

Here is Joe with my beautiful Mom.  (You can see my Dad in the background on the left side.)

Some of the fam with Joe.

Joe and Luke . . . 

Joe and Tay . . . brothers and best friends!

Joe and Bethany!  Don't you love this picture?? It always cracks me up!! ;) 

Bethany loves her "Joey!"  ;)

Not only has Joe won his little sister's heart, but also just about every little girl at the school!  They all love Joe!  Tiffany says that many a first-grader says she is going to marry Joe!  

But Joe only has eyes for one person -- his girlfriend of three years, Miss Abby D!

Joe, Abby and Momma D!

And finally, Joe with his Mom --- that's me!!  ;)

(Just realized I didn't get a pic of Joe with his Dad!) 

So, we now have 5 down, 5 to go!

Congratulations Joe!  :)   


Rebecca's Refining said...

Congratulations! :)

Great job on the board, and I loved all the pics of the family!!

Well, you are half way done with the high school graduations............but a long way to go with the college graduations, weddings, etc... (Aren't you glad you have me to encourage you???)

Hannah said...

hehe you rhymed. :D

Jules said...

Congrats to the graduate! Seems you've had a very busy month or two!

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