Northview High School Class Of 2009 Graduates; With Photo Gallery

May 31, 2009


Over 100 members of the Class of 2009 graduated Saturday afternoon from Northview High School.

“God cannot be ignored,” Valedictorian Luke Fletcher Killam said in his address, referring to the ACLU lawsuit against Santa Rosa County concerning religion in schools.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

“It seems in this day that we’ve ignored that,” he added, saying that our nation was founded on God. “Separation of church and state will never mean separation from God.”

“Let the hand of God guide all that you do,” Killam told his fellow graduates.

Escambia County School Superintendent  Malcolm Thomas’ address to the graduating seniors centered around their class motto.

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference,” the Northview Class of 2009 Motto says.

“The way they got here is that attitude, that motto, they set at the first of the year,” Thomas said. “I challenge you to dream the dream; then go and have the courage to go and make it true.”

“By conquering our fears, I believe we can accomplish,” Salutatorian Lanie  Jeannine Eubanks said.

For a complete photo gallery from the Northview High School Class of 2009 graduation program, plus behind the scenes photos following graduation,click here.

Comments are welcome below, including comments with well wishes for your favorite graduate.

Pictured top: Graduate Jessica Mothershed shares a tearful moment with teacher Tommy Weaver following Saturday’s graduation exercise at Northview High School. Pictured below: The caps fly following graduation for the Northview High School Class of 2009 Saturday afternoon at the school.  Pictured bottom: Hundreds packed the school gym while others watched a video feed in the school theater. photos, click to enlarge.




12 Responses to “Northview High School Class Of 2009 Graduates; With Photo Gallery”

  1. Billy on June 3rd, 2009 8:23 pm

    Thought it was a good ceremony, much better than 05, but I think it’s unfair for any parent to have to watch their child graduate on the Big Screen in the theatre! Maybe family gets priority and friends watch in the theatre or find a bigger arena.

  2. DONNA on June 2nd, 2009 9:01 pm

    I didn’t have a problem hearing any of the ceremony, and I was on the top row of bleachers. I’d rather it be in the gym thatn have to go to the CivicCenter like so many schools do.

    That was a very impressive speech Luke. Graduates…..hope you listened well, and always be a member of the God Squad.

  3. anita on June 2nd, 2009 7:10 pm

    I hope the school will consider having the graduation ceremony in a diferent location for future classes. The seating arrangements were uncomfortable and to close together. With that said..CONGRATULATIONS Kristina, Caylan, Stormy, Haley, and to the rest of the class of 2009.

  4. Barbara on June 2nd, 2009 9:00 am

    I was really suprised to see our school superintendant chewing gum, is he not the example? I guess do as I say not as I do is the rule now!!!
    Very bad example Mr.Thomas!!!!!!!!!!
    The ceremony was good and congratulation to all of you go out and make your mark in life(in a good way of course)
    Thank you Luke for allowing God in your speech
    Brittney Brown you go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  5. Tracy on June 1st, 2009 12:00 pm

    So proud of all the graduates, I just hope next year administration can sit with the families, so they can see that you can’t see or hear any of the ceremony. To small of a space and the audio was terrible.

  6. an observer on June 1st, 2009 11:12 am

    CONGRATULATIONS DAPHNE!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry I wasn’t there for your BIG day! I had to work and got home at 5:30. You know I love u like one of my own…come by whenever you want to, your always welcome. I know you will make your dreams come true, your a fine young lady and I am proud to call you my 3rd daughter! Love u, “MOMMIE”

  7. W.R. on May 31st, 2009 9:19 am


  8. Mrs. K on May 31st, 2009 9:15 am

    Amen Luke ! I love you! I still have your message on the answering machine. LOL

  9. Mrs.Goodie on May 31st, 2009 5:41 am

    Best wishes Shaquaina,you have come a long way and we know you will have a bright future.
    Mr.Richard and Mrs.Goodie

  10. J.P.W. on May 30th, 2009 11:46 pm

    New graduates, I would like to share some words of wisdom that were shared with me:
    Never forget your roots, Remember your past and Embrace the future. Remember there will be times of Difficulty and Sadness, and times of Happiness and Prosperity. Never compromise your integrity, Always be true to yourself and Thank God Daily for your Blessings. I hope you Carry your success with you and achieve all the things you set out to accomplish. Godspeed class of 2009!

  11. amy on May 30th, 2009 10:12 pm

    I’m proud of you Joshua Dorriety you are a wonderful person and the future is yours!!!!!!

  12. windy on May 30th, 2009 6:54 pm

    Best wishes to the class of 2009!