Vemilion Parish High Schools have outdoor graduation, thanks to vocal student

Vemilion Parish High Schools have outdoor graduation, thanks to vocal student
Posted at 10:25 PM, May 22, 2020

Seniors at North Vermilion High School will be able to have a traditional graduation ceremony, all thanks to senior, Caleb Reese, who organized a protest against the original plans.

Although Reese doesn't have his ceremony until tomorrow night, he's grateful he was able to make an impact.

"I'm just glad that we could do it this way," said Abbeville High senior, Tairus Briggs.

Friday night's graduates in Vermilion Parish, couldn't picture it any other way.

"Being able to walk across the field and do the tradition like everybody else was able to do, I'm just really happy," said Abbeville High senior, Coriana Willis.

With the pandemic, it was as close to a traditional ceremony as possible.

"Not as traditional as I wanted but you know what it's so amazing that they have put their foot out into the door and have given us this opportunity and tried for us," said Abbeville High senior, Megan Mouton.

All thanks to students making their voices heard. They were led by North Vermilion High School Senior Caleb Reese.

"So happy that I was able to make an impact on the school board and just say hey look we can we don't have to make a decision now it could wait and they listened and I couldn't be more

appreciative of that,' said North Vermilion senior, Caleb Reese.

Reese gets his graduation Saturday, then it's off to LSU in the fall. He hopes his persistence us an example for others.

"I feel like they have a lot that they think and just don't express it and it never changes anything and so you have to speak up in order to get change done," said Reese.
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