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DeSoto High School graduates the Class of 2010

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DESOTO - The DeSoto High School Class of 2010 graduated just under 500 students at a packed Dallas Convention Center on Friday, June 4.

A sea of green robes and hats filled the floor and every seat was occupied in the arena as Senior Class President Clifton Abraham welcomed the graduates, their families and friends following the Pomp and Circumstance processional.

Dr. Cheyrl Ensley, principal of DeSoto High School, recognized the honor graduates including Summa Cum Laude; French, Spanish and National Honor Society; and Mu Alpha Theta. Guests were then treated to musical selections by the DeSoto High School Choir and Band as well as the salutatorian and valedictorian speeches prior to the presentation of diplomas.

Following graduation remarks by Abraham including a recap of the previous four years – alternately humorous, touching and memorable – students were confirmed, tassles were turned and mortar boards filled the air alongside cheers of joy!

The DeSoto Class of 2010 has left their mark on the school, community and state.

Academically, they have reached new levels of success and the highest scholarship offer amount to date at $3.2 million and counting.

Athletically, this class has state basketball champions in 2009; track gold in the men’s 4x100 and 4x200 as well as 110 meter hurdles this year; and more than 25 senior student athletes signed letters of intent this year for full collegiate scholarships valued at more than $1.3 million.

Almost 20 seniors have received full scholarships to various colleges including six students who will be attending Texas Christian University in the fall and two going to Xavier University.

All six TCU attendees earned Community Scholars scholarships valued at $108,000 including Gabrielle and Raquel McBay. Gabrielle was recently named the 2010 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year for the business development of her "Crumbs by Gabrielle" company.

The DHS Texas Association of Future Educators was the State President Chapter this year; the band and choir continue to amaze in local, state and national competitions; and DHS students in general developed character, intellectual preparedness and personal leadership as they fulfilled the DeSoto Portrait of a Graduate!

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