One hundred and seventy-eight seniors were ecstatic as they marched across the stage to receive their diplomas. Even though this class was a large number of students, the Commencement Ceremony started promptly and ended as scheduled.
As usual, a few RHHS honor students participated on the program to serve as the mistress of ceremony, to bring forth greetings, inspiration, recognition of guest, and of course the Salutatory Address and Valedictory Address, to conclude with the Benediction.
The program also included a ‘Moment of Silence’ held in the honor of RHHS Deceased Classmates Anjel Jimenez and Kim Grant.
Irvin Espinoza earned Valedictorian for the Class of 2019. He is the son of Irvin Espinoza and Karla Castillo. Espinoza has a scholarship and plans to attend Embry Riddle University located in Daytona Beach Florida, where he plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.
Kendal White earned Salutatorian for the Class of 2019. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Torain White. White intends to pursue her education at the College of Charleston to major in Language Studies with a minor in French.
The following Honor Graduates are in the Top 10 Percent of the Class of 2019:
- Irvin Espinoza
- Kendal White
- Ayanna Mungin
- Keandra Warren
- Mania Roberson
- Jessica Black
- Kelsey Darien
- Alesha Bostick
- Wilasia Chatman
- Dhruvkumar Patel
- Tatiana Amaya-Ochoa
- Faith Nelson
- Deavion Scott
- Deeasia Mikell
- Ashley Taylor
- Kelly Aguilar
- Whitney Uva
Every year, one female and one male senior earn the Jaguar Spirit/Leadership Award. The Jaguar Spirit/Leadership Award is given to the students who have exemplified great character, leadership, and unwavering commitment to RHHS. Even though many students displayed Jaguar Pride daily, this years’ award was given to Mania Roberson and Rashamel Butler.
Principal O’Randal Jackson was honored to announce as his first year as principal, he was beyond pleased with the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. He also expressed, “a well-known expression reads you saved the best for last, but I say we got it right the first time, and every other class will have to follow the Class of 2019 The Mighty Jaguars.”
RHHS Seniors are scholarship and grant recipients for the following institutions and organizations to include, but is not limited to: Benedict College, HOPE, Life, Hollins University, Claflin University, Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Allen University, Low Country Ladies of SC, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc (Hilton Head), Wingate University, University of District of Columbia, Newberry College, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Mary Baldwin University, College of Charleston, Livingston College, Embry Riddle University, Livingstone College, Bethune Cookman University, Carlson Scholar, Temple of Oseh Shalom Sisterhood, Dedicated Black Men of Jasper County, MLK Garden of Light, Rediscovery LLC, Simmons College Of Kentucky, United States Army, Chowan University, Simmons College Kentucky, Coastal Carolina University, Lynn University, Hillman Scholarship, Columbia College, Palmetto Electric WIRE, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., College of Charleston, Hubert and Jessie Tyler Fund, Home Builders Association, Jasper County Chamber, and more.
Dr. Rechel Anderson, Superintendent, was truly elated to celebrate with many graduates, during the ceremony, who she served as principal while they were enrolled at Hardeeville Elementary School. Proudly, Superintendent Anderson expressed, “It brings me great joy to watch our scholars transition to the next level in their lives.” “I am proud to have served as their principal, and even prouder to have served as their superintendent during their tenure in high school.”