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   Music Concert in downtown park

   scheduled for Frankston June 24

The Frankston Area community is preparing for the next big event to promote the community and provide free entertainment for those attending.

The “Beat the Heat Music Fest” has been scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Town Square City Park in downtown Frankston.

The event will feature music from two bands and invites street dancing. Also food trucks will be available to supplement food available on the square and elsewhere in Frankston.

Also back this year will be the motorized “trolley” to transport guests from the Methodist Church parking lot and Austin Bank to the park, so they won’t have to walk across SH 155, the sponsors say.

One of the bands to be on hand will be “Lee Mathis and the Brutally Handsome” from 5 to 7 p.m. playing “outlaw country” and the other band here will be “6 Miles to Mixon”, playing classic country and current country hits from 7 to 9 p.m., according to the event schedule.

Sponsors say official food trucks on hand will be Crawfish Out Back Seafood Shack of Palestine and Unk’s BBQ and Catering of Frankston.

Also sponsors say there will be a supervised bounce house for kids.

“Come join us on the square in downtown Frankston for a night of music, street dance and food trucks,” said Monica Atwood, a member of the Frankston Economic Development Corp. Board, in charge of promoting the event. “Enjoy the free concert and be sure to bring your own lawn chair.”

The EDC invites area residents to attend and bring friends and family. Visitors to Frankston from surrounding towns and cities are also invited.

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Large crowd sees 49 LaPoynor

graduates given diplomas May 26

An large crowd of parents, other relatives and friends filled the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium Friday night, May 26 to watch 49 members of the LaPoynor Class of 2023 receive their diplomas and participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

The night began with the procession of the graduates to the traditional music, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar.

Shortly after the class arrived in their seats, Honor Student Cooper Gracey gave the invocation, followed by the Welcome  from Supt. Marsha Mills.

Then Salutatorian Emme Obenauf was recognized and delivered the Salutatory Address.

She was followed by the Valedictorian Abigail Williams being recognized and delivering the Valedictory.

Supt. Mills then recognized the Senior Class and paved the way for the presentation of diplomas. Presenting the diplomas in an alternating routine were members of the LaPoynor ISD Board of Trustees. They are Patrick Debusk, Bryan Forester, Cornelius Hambrick, Clayton Hamil, Jacob Haynes Joe Ed Young and John Kinabrew.

The graduates received their diplomas to the applause of the admiring crowd.

When the last diploma was awarded, the graduates transferred the tassels on their caps to signify graduation and threw their caps into the air in celebration.

The Benediction was led by Honor Student Matthew Sims.

Shortly afterward, the graduates left the gymnasium to pursue their futures.

Pictures of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Abigail Williams and Emme Obenauf, along with the names of other students receiving Academic Honors, are featured with the 2023 Graduates Roll HERE .                                  Graduate Scholarships HERE

2023 LaPoynor Graduation in Pictures HERE

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FHS Class of 2023 5-19-23

Congratulations, FHS Class of 2023

Commencement Friday, May 19, 2023 • Robert Loper Coliseum                                                  

—  FISD Courtesy Photo

FHS Commencement crowd sees

Class of 2023 graduate on May 19

A large crowd of parents and other relatives and friends watched as 52 members of the Frankston High School Class of 2023 received their diplomas in the Commencement Ceremony Friday night, May 19 at the Robert Loper Coliseum.

During the ceremony the Valedictorian Henry Suggs and Salutatorian Isaac Yates gave their customary addresses to the graduates and the audience.

Austin, Moore winners 2023 5-19-23

TOP AWARDS — Two mem-bers of the Frankston High School Class of 2003 received top honors at Commencement Friday night, May 19. They are Caleb Ramsey, who received the 84th annual Jeff Austin Award and Lynsie Bizzell, who received the W.E. (Hoke) Moore award.

— Citizen Online Photo

A highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of the W.E. (Hoke) Moore award to Lynsie Bizzell as the Outstanding Girl in the graduating class, and the 84th annual Jeff Austin Award to Caleb Ramsey as the Best All-Around Senior Boy Athlete.

Chelsey Vinzant, FHS/MHS College and Career Counselor, presented the awards.

Also recognized with parts on the program were Honor Graduates Ava Reed,  who gave the Invocation, Amber Foscue, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, Katie Hadash, who gave the Welcome and Lynsie Bizzell, who gave the Benediction.

Other Honor Graduates recognized were Christopher Hale, Savannah Lindsey, Caleb Ramsey and Ramiro Hernandez.

Dr. Jason Morrison, president of Trinity Valley Community College, noted the achievements of Frankston seniors and others who had participated the the FISD Dual Credit program with TVCC and recognized seven FHS grads who had completed requirements for Associate Degrees.

Mrs. Vinzant pinned Lynsie Bizzell, Katie Hadash, Christopher Hale, Savannah Lindsey, Ava Reed, Henry Suggs and Isaac Yates, recipients of the degrees.

After the Welcome by Katie Hadash, honor graduate, Isaac Yates gave the Salutatory Address.

The Salutatorian advised the graduates and audience to not waste their “energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of enjoying the happiness that comes with being your true self.” He said also that “loving those around you is just as important” and concluded by advising his fellow graduates that “you all have an important purpose in life. Please make sure you find it.” (See Complete Article HERE )

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