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The Student Voice of Prosper High School

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Seniors celebrate 2024 graduation

Prosper hosts graduation at Children’s Health Stadium after weather re-schedule
Arm raised, senior class president Malick Katalika takes one last picture with the 2024 graduates. Katalika gave a brief speech to share his experience as class president this past year. He will be attending Oral Robert’s University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Sofia Ayala)
As superintendent Holly Ferguson tells students to take out their phones, seniors Nada and Nelly Gad send a message to a loved one thanking them for their support. Nelly Gad will attend the University of North Texas in the fall. Nada Gad also plans to attend UNT. (Sofia Ayala)
Seconds after entering the gates of the stadium, senior McKenna Mitchell and Taylor Nguyen catch up before the ceremony. “I’m excited to go to UT Austin, ‘hook’em,’” Nguyen said. “Just explore a new life, and make new friends.” (Sofia Ayala)
Moments after walking the stage, senior Michael Factor embraces his mom, Kelly Factor, who also teaches at Prosper High. Michael Factor attended PHS all four years of high school. He played in the football program during his time here. (Sofia Ayala)
Looking into the crowd, senior Haven Sherman walks to the end of the field to get her photo taken before heading back to her seat. Sherman participated in theatre. She also helped with this year’s fashion show on May 15. (Sofia Ayala)
Caps in the air, senior Kaya Miller celebrates the conclusion of the graduation. PHS graduates, all 823, had their own favorite memories to share. “My last football game season was definitely memorable. I always went with my three friends and we would make a whole tradition out of it,” Miller said. “We would get ready, go to the game and then go to either dinner at Texas Roadhouse or In-n-Out.” (Sofia Ayala)
In the air moments before the ceremony begins, senior James Kim celebrates alongside “The Top 10” people in his class. Kim graduated seventh. He will attend Yale University in the fall. (Sofia Ayala )
Before walking out onto the field, seniors America Obregon, Summer Washington and Brenna McFarland laugh at the phone. They made a couple of TikTok videos, each showing the symbol of the college they are going to. For the re-scheduled event, students arrived at PHS at 7 a.m. before being bused to the Children’s Health Stadium, where the ceremony took place. (Erica Deutsch)
Diploma in hand, senior Taryn Stilson walks the field. “I’m going to Texas A&M University, and the thing I’m most excited for is like all the Aggie traditions,” Stilson said. “And just finding people that are similar to me.” (Erica Deutsch)
Arm raised, senior Lauren Hegarty walks off stage after receiving her diploma. The ceremony was postponed until Thursday morning at 9 a.m. due to inclement weather the previous evening. The original ceremony was supposed to take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Erica Deutsch)
After receiving his diploma, senior Remington Martin shakes hands with teacher David Perkins. Each senior took a photo with their diploma immediately after receiving it. Photographers also took pictures as each senior received their diploma on stage and then sent a copy of it to the student or a parent via text message. (Erica Deutsch)
Arms out wide, Anu Ganesh walks behind stage. “When I threw my cap, I thought I’d be sad,” Ganesh said. “But, honestly, I felt really free and happy like a weight was off my back.” (Erica Deutsch)
Before they get ready to throw their caps, seniors clap after the student council president, senior Malik Katalicka, gives his final speech. The ceremony began at 9 a.m. on Thursday and ended at 11:30 a.m. (Erica Deutsch)
After the end of the graduation ceremony, senior Jake Corral walks with fellow graduates to the exit of the Children’s Health Stadium. Corral was a member of the Automotive Technologies team. He will attend Oklahoma University in the fall. (Jake Radcliffe)

Who: Prosper High School Seniors

What: PHS Graduation

Where: Children’s Health Stadium

When: Thursday May 23 at 9 a.m.

What’s next: The 2024-2025 school year will start Aug. 13.

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Sofia Ayala, Assistant Print Editor
Sofia Ayala is a junior at Prosper High School. This is her third year working for Eagle Nation Online. She currently serves as Assistant Editor for Eagle Nation Times, and served as the Feature editor in the past. Sofia is part of the varsity PHS Talonettes where she enjoys to work together with her team. Outside of school, she enjoys going out on runs, reading, and listening to music.  
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Jake Radcliffe is a junior, and this is his third year as a staff member of Eagle Nation Online. This year, he will be serving as an Assistant Editor. He is a member of the A Cappella and Chamber choirs, the vice president of Mu Alpha Theta and the Asian Student Association and the historian of La Société Honoraire de Français. Outside of school, Radcliffe enjoys singing, reading, hanging out with friends, playing video games and being outdoors.
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Erica Deutsch, Feature Editor
Erica Deutsch, originally from Orlando, Florida, is a junior at Prosper High School. This is her second year working for Eagle Nation Online and she serves as the feature and entertainment editor. She adores photography and hopes to create a positive impact with her writing and podcasts. Outside of school, she enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, trying new baking recipes, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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