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060922 saying goodbyeCOHS senior Kimberly Blackmann welcomes a congratulatory hug of support before she heads down the aisle for the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony on May 27. Courtesy photo

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony was a beautiful event held at the newly renamed Berlin Bradford Stadium just before sunset on May 27. 

Friends and family watched as seniors took their final walk down the aisle as high school students. The Processional was performed by the COHS band. The invocation was led by Top 10 senior Lilly Warwick, and the COHS Air Force JROTC/TX-20066 Color Guard presented the colors.

Class Historian Alexis Moore reminisced about the years gone by, including the disruption of the pandemic and how that affected the entire school experience. Salutatorian Ellie Kier thanked her parents and everyone who helped her become the person she is.

Valedictorian Alexis Chandler addressed her peers with an inspirational speech that encouraged them to overcome obstacles and reach their goals through hard work. She said she had been inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who had related that hard work is the reason she had met with success in her career.

"I am not the smartest person here, I know that," said Chandler. "But I have worked hard and that is what has gotten me here. You may not be the smartest person or the most talented, but if you work hard, you can reach your goals."

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