Photos by Derek McCaleb
Before the start of the 2013 Red Boiling Springs commencement, the graduating seniors took a moment to gather around a special memorial at Red Boiling Springs High School to say a prayer for a fellow classmate. This memorial at RBSHS is a tree that was planted in the memory of Brandon Tidwell. Brandon would have been a 2013 graduate of RBSHS but his life was tragically cut short, at age 15, in an accidental shooting on June 7, 2010.
The Red Boiling Springs Class of 2013 gathers around the memorial of a fellow classmate, Brandon Tidwell, for one final group picture.
The mortar board, gown, and tassel of fellow classmate Brandon Tidwell, lays in the chair as a reminder of the place Brandon would have sit on graduation night.
Graduates wait for their names to be called.
Taylor Coffelt delivering her salutatory address.
RBSHS Valedictorian, Kirsten York, gives one final speech as a student at Red Boiling Springs High School.
RBS Senior Cameron Wilson receives his diploma from director of Macon County Schools Margaret Oldham.
During a special presentation, the RBSHS class of 2103 presented Mary Jo Tidwell, Brandon Tidwell’s stepmother, with his mortar board, gown, tassel, and a special box that contained memories of Brandon written by the senior class.
The RBSHS senior class of 2013 celebrates with the traditional mortar boards toss after receiving their diplomas.
The Red Boiling Springs class of 2013 held its commencement exercises this past Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Red Boiling Springs gymnasium. The commencement exercises included a number of events, starting with the processional, the singing of the school’s alma mater, a guest speaker (Shawn Carter, Macon County Schools Supervisor of Instruction), salutatory address, valedictory address, presentation of diplomas, and then a special presentation by the class of 2013. In all, 39 individuals graduated from Red Boiling Springs High School.