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The Red River Sun/Bev Odom The Wellington High School Class of 2021 pauses for a portrait near the Skyrocket track just prior to graduation the evening of May 14. Front, from left: Katharine Green, Felipe Cortez, Kadyn Littlehead, Ethan Fires, Courtney Crytser, Juliana Castaneda, Kylin Killian, Vanesa Duque; second row, from left: Kenna Darrow, Emma Kane, Celeste Melendez, Sicily Sumrall, Leslee Garcia, Briana Morning, Estrella Zapata, Nayeli Jasso; fourth row, from left: Dani Ponder, Samuel McLain, Javier Orozco, Shelby Phillips, Jayden Castillo, Gavin Wood, Mason Folk; back, from left: Jesus Lopez, John Ramirez, Julian Rincon, Christian Rico, Gustavo Tellez Luna and Jayden Gonzales.

The Red River Sun/Bev Odom
The Wellington High School Class of 2021 pauses for a portrait near the Skyrocket track just prior to graduation the evening of May 14. Front, from left: Katharine Green, Felipe Cortez, Kadyn Littlehead, Ethan Fires, Courtney Crytser, Juliana Castaneda, Kylin Killian, Vanesa Duque; second row, from left: Kenna Darrow, Emma Kane, Celeste Melendez, Sicily Sumrall, Leslee Garcia, Briana Morning, Estrella Zapata, Nayeli Jasso; fourth row, from left: Dani Ponder, Samuel McLain, Javier Orozco, Shelby Phillips, Jayden Castillo, Gavin Wood, Mason Folk; back, from left: Jesus Lopez, John Ramirez, Julian Rincon, Christian Rico, Gustavo Tellez Luna and Jayden Gonzales.

WELLINGTON —Skyrocket Football Stadium served as the backdrop for the Wellington High School (WHS) Class of 2021 graduation ceremony. Students filed onto Powell Field at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14 for the event with family and friends situated as fans on the metal bleachers.

Joe Lee, First Baptist Church pastor, offered the invocation followed by Emma Kane’s salutatory address.

Jermaine Cantu, WHS principal, presented Katharine “Katie” Green as valedictorian and Kane as salutatorian. Distinguished scholar designations included Juliana Castaneda as well.

Green delivered her valedictory address prior to the baccalaureate message by Gene Weinette, First United Methodist Church pastor.

Kurt Ashmore, Wellington Independent School District (WISD) superintendent, accepted the senior class as presented by Cantu. Ashmore and Cody Phillips, WISD Board of Trustees member, congratulated each student as Cantu announced diplomas, awards and scholarships.

Senior Skyrocket cheerleaders, Castaneda, Kane and Courtney Crytser, led in singing the Ala Mater. Al Mixon, Dodson Church of the Nazarene pastor, conveyed the benediction.

In closing, Cantu invited guests onto the football field to congratulate their graduates.

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