Members of an “exceptionally bright class” received high school diplomas Thursday at Mayflower High School’s commencement ceremony held on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

Senior class sponsor Nikkina Porter said the 69 seniors collectively received more Arkansas Department of Education and GPA awards than was typical for one class.

“It’s a very bright class. We have had many honor graduates this year,” Porter said.

It was announced at the ceremony that the seniors going on to college in the fall had between them $1,675,647 in scholarships.

“Honestly, I think they have a very strong work ethic and a camaraderie between themselves. They’ve challenged each other in a positive way,” Porter said. 

Parting words were shared from the high school’s principal, Jason Lawrence.

“Live life to the fullest; be diligent in your work; and love those around you,” he said.

Sabrina Runge, the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2011, recalled her tendency to wish for the future rather than “living in the moment.”

“I don’t think we know how important each moment is,” she said.

Thursday’s ceremony at the Farris Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus was the 82nd annual commencement exercise for Mayflower High School.

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