Mitchell Community Schools celebrates the graduating class of 2022

MITCHELL – High School graduation is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of students as they prepare themselves for their futures, and for the 2022 Graduating Class of Mitchell High School, the future looks bright.

MHS Seniors greeted by elementary students and staff as they walk down the hallways

After the final day for students, these 89 graduates received their diplomas from Principal Troy Pritchett in the gymnasium. Speakers included class salutatorian Hannah Clark and valedictorian Mercedez Hill.

Clark spoke to her classmates about the accomplishments they all had done during a pandemic, and thanking those who meant the most to her.

MHS salutatorian Hannah Clark

“I’m proud of us. We’ve dealt with masks, hybrid scheduling, e-learning, canceled after-proms and now our school is under construction,” said Clark. “Let’s just say we haven’t had your typical high school experience. But if I’m completely honest with myself, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

Clark instructed her classmates to take a leap of faith and explore the chance of opportunity that they now have in front of them.

Mitchell Seniors walking down the hallway

“Go out and get a job you actually love. Push for your goals, grasp any opportunity given to help others and leave a legacy of positivity and kindness,” Clark said. “I wish you all success in all the things that you love and I wouldn’t have wanted to be part of any other class.”

Hill then spoke about the importance of memories and the impact they will have on the story of an individual’s life, much like a book.

MHS valedictorian Mercedez Hill

“A memory is like a moment frozen in time. I often go back to certain memories and dwell on the bliss of their simplicity,” Hill said. “These are the childhood memories that I carry with me like a book, re-reading over the crinkled pages, smiling over the perfect lines and shedding tears over the sad chapters.”

Hill then shared how sometimes the memories can fade before reminiscing about some of her fondest childhood memories.

“So, remember to make memories while you still can, because before you know it, it will just be another thing that you carry with you,’ said Hill. “And before you get too caught up in your real responsibilities, remember to live a little. Because all that is going to matter in the end are all those pieces in between.”

Congratulations to the 2022 Graduating class of Mitchell High School, may you succeed in all that you do.