Greenwood High School will graduate 139 members of the Class of 2019 at 6 p.m. Friday at the Leflore County Civic Center.

Among those receiving diplomas will be Bramya Smith, valedictorian, and Kurtina Coates, salutatorian.

Smith’s grade point average  is  4.471. She intends to go to Mississippi State University to study veterinary medicine.

Bramya Smith


While at Greenwood High, she was involved in the marching band and Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society, and she was the Greenwood Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for December.

When asked what her most cherished memory in school was, Smith said, “My friends — just spending time with them.”

Coates’ grade point average is 4.415. Like Smith, Coates will go to Mississippi State. She will   study forensic science with the intention of going into a career in forensic pathology.

In high school, Coates was the vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, and she also participated in the National Honor Society and the marching band, among other organizations.

Kurtina Coates

She was the Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for January.

Coates said her favorite memory in high school is from the Class of 2016’s water-balloon fight inside the school.

Though a fun and loving atmosphere is expected at the ceremony, the school district is reminding guests that noisemakers and graduation banners are not allowed.

All guests will have to go through a metal detector before being admitted inside the Civic Center. Additionally all bags and purses will be checked.

To avoid stalling the line, the district advises guests not to bring bags or purses.

The graduation ceremony will start promptly at 6 p.m., and guests will not be allowed inside the Civic Center until the graduates are seated.

During the ceremony, no one will be allowed on the arena’s floor to take pictures. Pictures may be taken on the arena floor either before or after the ceremony.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or

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