High schoolers prepare for the next step

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Haughton High School graduates take part in the 2013 ceremony. (Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune)

Bossier Schools’ seniors to graduate this weekend

A weekend of pomp and circumstance will cap off a year to remember for hundreds of Bossier Parish students.

It’s time for graduation. There will be many smiles, a few tears, plenty of photos to take and parties to be held.

The senior classes of 2014 will gather one last time to receive the high school diplomas they’ve worked years to obtain. After this weekend, the graduates will head off into the real world to pursue their dreams and follow the path they’ve chosen – whether it means going to college, joining the military or entering the workforce.

First to graduate are the seniors at Louisiana New Tech @ Plain Dealing, who will walk across the stage in their school gymnasium tonight. Then, the remaining five Bossier Parish high schools will hold commencement ceremonies Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.

Unofficial graduation statistics for 2014 obtained from the Bossier School System show that Airline High School will graduate the most seniors with just over 300, followed by Parkway, Haughton, Benton, Bossier and LA New Tech. Graduates receiving diplomas this weekend include diplomas for Core 4, Basic, Certificates of Achievement and Career.

Many students have been together since the first day of kindergarten. Graduation, however, is the time to say goodbye (or so long for now) to those friends and to the place you’ve grown used to calling home in order to move on to the next exciting chapter in life.

Graduation Schedule

  • Friday, May 16

Louisiana New Tech @ Plain Dealing – 6 p.m.

Ceremony to take place in the school gymnasium

  • Saturday, May 17

All ceremonies to take place at CenturyLink Center

9:30 a.m. – Airline High School

11:30 a.m. – Benton High SChool

1 p.m. – Bossier High School

2:30 p.m. – Haughton High School

4 p.m. – Parkway High School

Safety tips for students at graduation time

  • Share graduation and post-graduation plans with parents.
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged.
  • Wear a seatbelt – even in the back seat.
  • Stay with a group of friends and watch out for one another.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Don’t get in a vehicle with a driver that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Safety tips for parents

  • Discuss student’s plan for graduation and post-graduation.
  • Know who students will be with and talk to their parents to coordinate plans.
  • Wait up for students to make sure they return safely.
  • Talk with students about drugs and alcohol and set expectations.
  • Report any illegal drug or alcohol use as well as unsafe behaviors such as threats, assaults and weapons.