Premont High School seniors received their diplomas Friday

Melissa Ash, Jim Wells County Correspondent

PREMONT - More than 50 Premont High School seniors received their diplomas as they walked the stage on May 25.

The night's graduation started out with cheering as the seniors walked into the high school auditorium which was filled with friends and family that had come to show their support.

Once the seniors were seated on the stage, student Erica Balboa began the ceremony as she sang the Star Spangled Banner. Shortly afterwards, superintendent David Garza introduced the guest speaker.

Guest speaker Dr. Magdalena Williams is currently serving as the Dean of Admissions and Student Services at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. Williams had much advice to offer to the gradating seniors as she spoke to them.

"This is truly a great time and seniors, you should be honored to be here," Williams said. "All of you have something to be proud of, but you also have some big shoes to fill. Try to understand who you are and why you feel the way you do. We are all leaders. I expect every single one of you to be leaders. Lead, don't follow and lead by example."

After Williams was done speaking, the superintendent presented her with a plaque.

The salutatorian and valedictorian made their address as well and then the diplomas were distributed as the Class of 2007 walked their way across the stage. Many of the seniors were eager to begin their night of celebration.

"Tonight I am going to party with my friends and enjoy our last night together," senior Maria Gonzalez said. "But in the fall, I will be going to school at Texas A and M University-Kingsville. The thing I will miss most about high school is playing sports."

Other seniors also had similar plans for the night.

"As for tonight, I am going to celebrate with my family and friends," senior Olivia Trevino said. "I am really going to miss my friends and the memories I have. I plan on going to school at Del Mar and then transferring to San Marcos later on."