The Unstoppable Class of ’22


Mrs. Josselet, adviser

Monday, May 23rd the Class of 2022 gathered one last time as high school students to walk the stage, remember the good times, and enjoy some laughs one more time.  As family, friends, teachers, and staff gathered at the UNT Coliseum, the graduates filed in to “Pomp and Circumstance” the traditional graduation song.  Once everyone was in place, Marlee Moynagh led the group in the invocation.  Reece Pagel, class salutatorian, gave her speech next.  Reece encouraged her peers to practice something she had learned in Professor Harold’s class- to be of service to those that serve us. This is a lesson she hopes to carry in life as well.   Chris Jones, high school principal, wowed the crowd when he announced that this class had received the most scholarships ever in school history amounting to over 1 million dollars!  That is incredible!  Class valedictorian, Tyler Akins, spoke next thanking his parents and grandparents for all their support.  A math whiz, Tyler also gave a shout-out to Mrs. Bieler for all her help and dedication.  Tyler encouraged his peers to have make a plan for their future and aspire to great things. Dr. Jeremy Thompson, superintendent of Ponder ISD then certified all the students were eligible for graduation, and it was time for diplomas.  Ponder ISD board members who were present to hand out diplomas were as follows; Chance Allen, Craig Brown, Vangee Deussen, Sara Hunton, Brian Hutcherson, Bruce Laney, Justin Schulz, and Shawn Wilkinson.  Assistant high school principal Daina Hunt and assistant superintendent, Kent Josselet also joined in on passing out diplomas.  Principal Chris Jones greeted each new graduate before they left stage to have a photo taken.  Once done, Mr. Jones introduced the graduating Class of 2022.   Hanna Zimmerman led everyone in the benediction which was especially moving encouraging all of us to live like her cousin, Sawyer Kate Mulkey who left us too soon.  After the benediction was the traditional cap toss and celebration, followed by the recessional march.  The graduates then gathered for photos with family and friends on the concourse before leaving for parties and dinners before heading off to Project Graduation.  What a great night of celebration!  Congratulations Class of 2022!  Best wishes in all your future endeavors!