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Piedmont Academy graduates its 40th class

Special Photo. Piedmont Academy in Monticello recently graduated its Class of 2010. Pictured are Alicia Bassett, Shelby Smith, Rachel Wilkerson, Trevor Wilson, Candi Joost, Hannah Maloney, Rachel Marks, Jake Parker, Christina Clark, Amanda Peterson, Danielle Morgan, Lana Hiett, Dane Adams, Amanda Hauther, Carter Greeson, Bailey Dobbs, AJ Marks, Robyn Estes, Matt Sessions, Randi Small, Matt Wilson, Luke Harvey, Wyley Deleza, Austin Mitcham, Austin Collier and Buddy Morrison.

Special Photo. Piedmont Academy in Monticello recently graduated its Class of 2010. Pictured are Alicia Bassett, Shelby Smith, Rachel Wilkerson, Trevor Wilson, Candi Joost, Hannah Maloney, Rachel Marks, Jake Parker, Christina Clark, Amanda Peterson, Danielle Morgan, Lana Hiett, Dane Adams, Amanda Hauther, Carter Greeson, Bailey Dobbs, AJ Marks, Robyn Estes, Matt Sessions, Randi Small, Matt Wilson, Luke Harvey, Wyley Deleza, Austin Mitcham, Austin Collier and Buddy Morrison.

MONTICELLO -- Piedmont Academy held its 40th graduation ceremony May 23 with Headmaster Michael Rossi, the school's Board of Trustees, the school's faculty, junior class users and senior class mascots leading the processional of 26 graduates.

Members of the Class of 2010 included special distinction graduates Wyley Andrew Deleza, son of Jerry Deleza and Tracy Deleza of Monticello; Carter Harris Greeson, son of Jeff and Mary Greeson of Monticello; Amanda Michelle Hauther, daughter of Mike and Teri Hauther of Monticello; Matthew Reeves Sessions, son of Lee and Kay Sessions of Monticello; Randi Leigh Small, daughter of Alan and Jo Small of Monticello; and Trevor James Wilson, son of John and Missy Braden and the late Jim Wilson of Monticello.

Honor graduates included Alicia Danielle Bassett daughter of David Bassett of Monticello; Christina Lynne Clark, daughter of Bob and Lisa Clark of Covington; Bailey LaRae Dobbs, daughter of Cecil and Lorie Dobbs of Jackson; Robyn Courtney Estes, daughter of John and Carolyn Estes of Covington; Lana Marie Hiett, daughter of Lanny and Sherry Hiett of Macon; Rachel Elizabeth Marks, daughter of Wayne and Angie Marks of Covington; Austin Coy Nash Mitcham, son of Keith and Sandi Mitcham of Oxford; David Alan Morrison Jr., son of David and DeAnn Morrison of Monticello; Jacob Harold Parker, son of Hal and Laurie Parker of McDonough; Shelby Brooke Smith, daughter of Jason and Gayle Smith of Shady Dale; and Matthew Cole Wilson, son of Glenn and Kathy Wilson of Covington.

Remaining graduates included Stephen Dane Adams, son of Dean and Renae Griffin of Jackson; Austin Robert Collier, son of Bobby and Demetrius Collier of Jackson; Lucius William Harvey, son of Phil and Melissa Harvey of Mansfield; Candice Maria Joost, daughter of Kevin and Carla Joost of Conyers; Hannah Elizabeth Maloney, daughter of Phillip Maloney of Atlanta and Julia Maloney of Conyers; Andrew Jay Marks, son of Kevin and Cathy Marks of Mansfield; Danielle Luann Morgan, daughter of Ed and LuAnn Morgan of Monticello; Amanda Leigh Peterson, daughter of Tony and Connie Diaz and Janna Hooper of Monticello; and Rachel Elisse Wilkerson, daughter of Barry and Bethany Hooper of Monticello.

Salutatorian Carter Greeson thanked all the guests attending and reflected on the many experiences that have shaped their lives and thanked each graduate for their strength in friendship that binds them together.

Valedictorian Trevor Wilson gave an address in which he shared the fact that graduates should rejoice in the realization of the knowledge and experiences they have gained to help them succeed and prosper as they carry on their lives.

Rossi praised the academic achievements of Wilson and Carter and presented them with plaques for their accomplishments.