The Prairie Home class of 2018 graduated May 13 at the high school's gym. Retiring Social Studies teacher Dean Barker spoke to the graduates during the ceremony.
Barker wanted the students to remember their time in high school. Barker also talked about the importance of family.
"The main point I want to make here is that no matter how mad you get at your parents just remember they love you," Barker said. "I challenge you to do two things today, thank you parents for all they have provided for you and tell them you love them."
Barker also said the graduates should enjoy what they decided to do in the future and to have fun doing it.
"Don't take things too seriously and don't take things to personally," Barker said.
Barker also told graduates to listen and pay attention to what other people have to say.
"We need to listen and not just hear the words," Barker said.
He ended his speech with six words he wanted the students to take away from the speech — belief, action, respect, kindness, excellence, and, the final, remember.
Before students received their diplomas, awards and scholarships were given out.
The school's band and choir played before the graduates got their diplomas. After everyone received their diplomas, the gym watched a senior class video that was filled with photos of each student as they grew up.
The Prairie Home Class of 2018:
Nina Cherry (Salutatorian)
Billy Kellum III
Madison Young (Valedictorian)