The Amanda Elzy High School Class of 2020 will receive diplomas during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony Wednesday outside the Leflore County Civic Center.

The school will graduate 84 seniors, including Juliauna White, valedictorian, and Christian Glass, salutatorian. White said their final grade point averages are not yet available.

Juliauna White

White

White, 18, of Greenwood is the daughter of Bernice White and Quentin White. The soon-to-be graduate said Friday that she might talk about some tough topics in her valedictory address, including the death of a classmate. She also wants to discuss the value of support from friends.

She said she began to find herself in high school. “As I grew more, I came out more,” White said.

White liked most of her coursework, and she’s planning to study chemistry at Jackson State University, where she will enroll for the fall. She’s particularly interested in forensic science. White said she eventually would like to live out of state, perhaps in Florida.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, graduates will receive their diplomas parade-style in cars, but each will still walk across a stage to receive a diploma.

Like others, she is concerned about the novel coronavirus but still wishes the class could have been able to have a more traditional ceremony — if not now, at a later date.

But, “I am grateful they are having a graduation,” she said. “I pray all goes well.”

Glass, 17, of Greenwood, the son of Catina Head and Chris Glass, also is looking outward.

Christian Glass

Glass

“I intend to enlist in the Navy,” he explained. Right now, he’s participating in the recruitment process, but he expects to be sworn in next month. He is drawn by the technical schooling being offered and the opportunity to see the world. He’s also motivated by patriotism. “Being in the military and serving my country always has been a goal of mine,” Glass said.

Glass is OK with plans for the ceremony. “I appreciate them for trying to at least have a celebratory ceremony for us,” he said.

In high school, he liked “every subject equally because they all tie into each other at the end.”

For his speech as salutatorian, he plans to express gratitude. “I would just like to thank everyone who has helped and supported our class throughout the years in high school and in school in general. They helped mold us into the men and women that we are.”

Contact Susan Montgomery at 581-7241 or smontgomery@gwcommonwealth.com.

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