As most of the country celebrated Mother's Day, Hempstead County saw two of its biggest flagship schools celebrate graduations on both sides of the holiday; on Friday, May 11, Hope High School held its graduation ceremony, while the following Monday, May 14, Spring Hill High School had its graduation.

As most of the country celebrated Mother’s Day, Hempstead County saw two of its biggest flagship schools celebrate graduations on both sides of the holiday; on Friday, May 11, Hope High School held its graduation ceremony, while the following Monday, May 14, Spring Hill High School had its graduation. Both ceremonies were held at Hempstead Hall on the campus of University of Arkansas at Hope.
With the largest number of high school graduates in the area, Hope High School’s ceremony on Friday night again saw an overflow crowd, numbering well over 2,500 parents, grandparents, relatives and friends, and again, spilling out of the main Hempstead Hall theater into the lobby and other parts of the facility.
The proceedings were also expedited as 110 red-clad seniors were moved through in less than 26 minutes as names were announced and diplomas distributed by Hope School District Superintendent Bobby Hart and School Board President Willie Buck.
Seven Hope High seniors were announced as graduates, but they were not present as they were members of the Hope High School soccer team that was involved in an away playoff game.
In introducing the class, Hope High School Principal Bill Hoglund said the graduating seniors had accumulated 396 hours of concurrent college credit, and as a group, had earned $820,000 in scholarships.
Following the event Friday, Hope School District Communications Director Ken McLemore provided the following list of Hope High School Honor graduates, including:
Summa Cum Laude: Andria Marie Curtis and Tristen Simone Jones; Magna Cum Laude: Elizabeth Gabrielle Bamber and Morgan Alexandria Gray, and Cum Laude: Vanessa Juana Carballo, Zachary Maxwell Johnson, Quentin Kane Key, Angela Nava, Dora Liliana Ortiz, Kaitlyn Ariana Robinson, and Luis Diego Toscano.
On Monday, the Spring Hill Class of 2018 took their turn at the Hempstead Hall stage, where 46 seniors graduated.  Claire Annaleace Chambless was named as Spring Hill’s 2018 Valedictorian, while Nicholas Paul Webb was named as Salutatorian.
Dr. Peter Maggio delivered the welcome and opening remarks, prior to both Chambless and Webb giving their student farewell addresses.
In addition to Chambless and Webb, four other Spring Hill graduates were recognized as having “Highest Honors,” including Sarah Almand, Kaleb Blair, Maleigh Moore, and Addie Womack.
Other Spring Hill graduates with honors included: Timothy Blue, Graycee Barham, Anna Foster, Jessi Park, Whitnee Lee, Jerri Anne Harris, Conner Bell, Cameron Middleton, Rhealey McDonald, Alexandra Dougan, Johnathan Freeman and Levi Lee.

Editor’s Note: The Hope Star’s Gerren Smith contributed to this report.