Shelby Davis and Jacqueline Parker, McClave High School valedictorian and salutatorian, led the way for 22 graduating seniors Sunday afternoon at McClave’s red gymnasium.

Shelby Davis and Jacqueline Parker, McClave High School valedictorian and salutatorian, led the way for 22 graduating seniors Sunday afternoon at McClave’s red gymnasium.

Following processional and a brief welcome by Superintendent Terry Weber and invocation from senior Kiera Smartt, Davis addressed the class of 2016, first thanking all those who have helped her achieve graduate status.

“Today marks the final day of our journey,” added Davis, addressing fellow graduates. “Our lives will be forever altered after we throw our hats in the air. We should all enjoy our last few days at McClave.”

Quoting Dr. Seuss, Davis said, “’You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.’ ... Always remember where you come from, enjoy where you are and love where you’re going.”

Davis will attend Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in the fall.

Parker followed Davis’ address, reflecting on her years at McClave and urged fellow graduates to “think for yourself,” adding a quote from Mother Teresa, saying, “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Parker will attend Oklahoma Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma, in the fall.

In total, 18 McClave High School graduates intend to attend college in the fall. Three are undecided and one will join the United States Navy. Of the 18 attending college, 10 will attend Lamar Community College, two Otero Junior College, two Fort Hays State University, one Oklahoma Northwestern State University, one Oklahoma Panhandle State University and one Brigham Young University.

In total, McClave seniors received 112 scholarships totaling $1,127,894,000.

Ceremonies concluded Sunday with a senior video reflecting on graduates’ years at McClave Schools, the presentation of class and diplomas by the board of education, benediction by Smartt and recessional.

The motto for the Class of 2016 is “Stay gold, Pony Boy,” from “The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The class flower is a daisy and class colors red, silver and gold.