Enjoying An End-of-School Tradition at Miller Grove ISD…With Lots of History and Pride

When Enola Gay arrived in front of the Miller Grove school, she parked her car and simply followed her nose as well as a steady flow of people heading toward the new school cafeteria. Most of the third-grade class were already enjoying their lunch tray of Hopkins County stew, cheese and crackers, and the older classes would be filing in soon for a decades-long tradition at the country school…the End of School Stew. It’s true that once upon a time the tasty stew was cooked outdoors in traditional wash pot-size quantities, but today it’s easily prepared and served in the air-conditioned comfort of the spacious new cafeteria, located next to the new elementary building. One part of the tradition still holds true…members of the community with ties to the school still drop in for a bowl on “stew day”.

Lunch workers Connie Fisher, Brett Garrett and Bernice Judson serving stew in the new cafeteria

Earlier that morning, the Graduates Walk had taken place through the halls with the Senior high school class and the Kindergarten class all in green caps and gowns.This proud but fun school tradition has formed memories for scores of Miller Grove alumnus. The Class of 2018 will take the walk for their diplomas on Friday May 25 at 7pm in the new Hornets gym. Among distinguished members of the class are Valedictorian Kaleigh Poteet, who actually earned her Associates Degree through Paris Junior College during the week prior to her high school graduation. Salutatorian is Nora Resindez. Demi  Weatherford, who is third in class, also received an Associates diploma at PJC graduation before high school graduation. There are 21 graduating seniors at Miller Grove High School.  Top of the class at the Jr. High level are Jacob George, Valedictorian and Isaiah Billingsley, Salutatorian. Jr. High graduation is Thursday May 24 at 7pm. Last day of school is Friday May 25, 2018.

Principal Billingsley and 2018 Salutatorian Kaleigh Poteet

New Agriculture Teacher Jeff Gatlin

Lunch in the new Miller Grove Cafeteria

 

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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