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RHS Baccalaureate Service at First Baptist Church

Richwood, WV – The Richwood High School senior class of 2019 had their annual Baccalaureate service Sunday evening, May 19, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Richwood, West Virginia.

To begin the service, Pastor Gary Carpenter opened it by welcoming all soon-to-be graduates and their families to the First Baptist Church.

After him, Mr. Robert Johnson, a devout resident of Richwood, gave an invocation to the congregation.

Then, Richwood High School senior, Ms. Caitlin Cowell, gave a speech of inspiration, which, through the wisdom of her own words, and Dr. Seuss’s, inspired every attendee at the service. After her, another senior student, Zach Taylor, read aloud words from scripture, which also inspired many of us.

Once they finished, Ms. Lynne Williams led the congregation into singing a song called “Thrive,” and it sounded terrific.

Finally, Richwood’s Young Life Leader, Mr. Brian Shirak, spoke into all of us sage words. With dignity, grace, and a bit of humor, Mr. Shirak gave much inspiration and motivation that’ll carry over to college and hopefully, the rest of everyone’s adult lives.

Once the Baccalaureate service came to an end, the senior students met at a different room and enjoyed snacks and refreshments. In addition to that, thanks to so many generous sponsors, each student received a daily devotional, two gift cards, and a 50 dollar bill — three lucky students received a 100 dollar bill!

The Richwood High School senior class of 2019 got one step closer to graduating high school yesterday evening. Graduation is this Thursday and 7 P.M.

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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