MARCHING IN: Dwane Bush and Kyla Burleson march with their classmates in the MCHS graduation processional. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncoureir.com)
MARCHING IN: Dwane Bush and Kyla Burleson march with their classmates in the MCHS graduation processional. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncoureir.com)
With the simple turn of a tassel, 234 students completed a 12-year journey Sunday and graduated from Madison Consolidated High School. 

The graduating class of 2014 chose English teacher Bill Lindquist to deliver the commencement address. This is also Lindquist's final year at the high school. He is retiring after a 43-year career at MCHS. 

Principal Kevin Yancey introduced the commencement speaker.

"He has a very special connection to many students in our community," Yancey said. 

Lindquist used the plot of the classic play "Our Town" to talk to his students - for the final time - about life, and what they can expect after graduation. 

"If you put something into life, believe me, believe me, something good will come out of it," he said. 

Class valedictorian Clark Vaughn also addressed his classmates.

"Today may seem like a celebration of our accomplishments, but it's not. Today may seem like a day of reflection upon our lives, but it's not. What we have experienced so far is only a fraction of our lifetime. There's so much more," Vaughn said.

Vaughn urged his classmates to move on from high school life and enjoy whatever comes next. 

"Appreciate and enjoy what you're doing now. Don't fear what lies ahead. Life is hard, and it can always get worse. So, do what you want..."

Salutatorian Alex Nunan also spoke to his classmates. 

"I want our class to do some incredible things. But we can't be afraid to fail. We can't be afraid to leave Madison," he said. 

The 2014 Madison Consolidated High School graduates, with names and spellings provided by the high school:

Seth Michael Allen, Lauren Michelle Anderson, Tyler Shae Anderson, Jon Charles Ashby, Adrieonna Nikole Asher, Cynthia Nicole Austin, Richard Cody Bach, Ausin Chase Banks Fields, Devon Wayne Bashman, Samuel Wyatt Beach;

Cheyenne Taylor Beaird, Natalie Ann Bear, Anna Marie Berry, Kara Michelle Bladen, Clayton Lawrence Blaylock, Briana Lynn Boldery, Kody Lee Boles, Gabriela Bonilla, Russell Lamar Boswell, Jr. Colton Dare Bowles;

Austin Charles Brady, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Bright, Ryder Dakota Bright, Kaitlin Danielle Browning, Caroline Hope Brunner, Brinnt Alexander Bryant, Brandi Nicole Buchanan, Byla Renea Burleson, Oran Taylor Alan Burns, Dwayne Edward Bush, Jr.;

Jordan Layne Butters, Kaitlynn Virginia Buys-McFarland, Richelle Marie Cassell, Joshua Layne Chandler, Abigail Sara Chism, Kayla Nicole Cieslinski, Alyssa LeeAnn Clapp, Colyn Henderson Clarke, Koty Lauren Gayle Clubb, Savannah Lee Coffee;

Alexandra Paige Collins, Samantha Carol Collins, Dason Jeremy Comeaux, Miranda Shea Connard, Patrick Donald Conboy, Tyler Matthew Cook, Brienne Corrina Copeland, Jamie Marie Coppage, Shyann Louise Cosby, Taylor Alexander Cosby;

Kennzy Nicole Couch, Camrun Scott Courtney, Bobbi Madison Cruz, Linsay Renee Curl, Libby Samanthia Davidson, Jessica Ryann Davis, Abigail Kane Demaree, Makenzie Lynn Deputy, Peter Maxwell Garber DeVito, Nickolas Ryan Doozier;

Alexandra Moore Duggan, Jarin Thomas Dunlap, Caitlin Schae Edwards, Brittany Taylor Eldridge, Ireland Falconberry, Christian Mark Featherstone, Tristan Vaughn Fellenz, Berrnard Christopher Fisher, Andrew Joel Ford, Ryan Joseph Fox;

Delaney Brooke Fraley-Johnson, Zachary Daniel Frazier, David Bradley Gee, Trey Matthew Geer, David Ross Gibson, Makenzie Leigh Ginn, Angelia Nicole Glavich, Collin Parker Gordon, Emily Lauren Gray, Jordan Lane Griffith-West;

Allyson Renee Hamilton, Tanner Michael Hamilton, James Deron Hammond, Ryan Tanner Hammond, Cody Adam Hartwell, Marissa Maie Hatfield, Katelynn Ann Renee Hayden, Isaac Lawrence Hayes, Michaela Laura Hecox, Paige Michelle Hess;

Seth Joseph Hoevener, Hannah Mae Holt, Sierra Raquel Holwager, Molly Jean Hooker, Jennifer Rose Huff, Hayley Jo Hysell, Kelsey Lynn James, James Brice Jines, Sarah Elizabeth Johann, Brandon Michael Johnson;

Corey Wayne Johnson, Delanie Holland Jones, James Robert Jones III, Julia Michelle Jones, Charli Kay Kahn-Stookey, Noah Alan Kahn-Stookey, Dillien Lee Keller, Tasha Leann Keller, Tyler Wayne Keller, Evan Louis Kelley;

BruceEugene Kennedy III, Patrick Scott King, Darrah Cheyenne Kinnaman, Ryan David-Koontz Kayla Marie Lamb, Michael Alan Lamb, Dalton Montana Laufer, Emily Ann Law, Sabrina Nicole Leatherbury, Heather Starlene Leger;

Tess Marie Lemen, Luke Andrew Lipps, Jalynn Marie Littrell, Emily Megan Luhn, Joseph Adam Lutes, Kyla Dawn Mack, Brandon Mitchell Mackay, Regan Maginn, Joshua Lee Mahoney, Tyler Jack Manaugh; 

Garrett Austin Matot,Audrey Marie McClain, Owen Bailey McDole, Tyler Jordan McDole, Jonathan Logan Thomas McDowell, Sam Sawyer McIlvain, Morgan Maree McKay, Katie Lynn Mix, Jonathan Tyler Moore, Justin Wayne Mundt;

Gabrielle Evan Nay, Frederick Anthony Moriega, Alex Charles Nunan, Connor Anthony Olberding, Meredith Leann Owens, Jordan Alexander Samuel Partee, Adrienne Yvonne Peelman, Landon Mitchell Perry, Dakota Abraham Phillips, Taylor Brooke Phillips;

Matthew David Podczerwinski, Brianna Leigh Powell, Brooklyn Paige Purvis, Jordan Lee Pyles, Lauren Paige Quiggle, Mariah Rose Read, Diana Paige Reed, Kaitlin Nicole Rice, Christian Nathaniel Richards, Courtney Allyson Richmond; 

Tucker Earl Robinson, Courtney Leigh Rogers, Rebecca Ann Rook, Bradly James Scott Rose, Elizabeth Ashley Rowlett, Gary Dean Rowlett, Katelyn Mckenzie Rowlett, Alyshia Danyail Russell, Mitchell James Sandlin, Kyle Logan Sauley; 

Tanner Bryce Sauley, Ryan Michael Schafer, Robert Alexander Schmidlapp, Jane Marie Seaver, Alexandrea Lynn Sentell, Logann Brooke Shepherd, Alexander Cline Simmons, Ryan Andrew Skirvin, Brooklyn Dawn Smith, Carrie Elizabeth Smith; 

Emma Lynze Smith, Joshua Aaron Smith, Logan Scott Smith, Sarah Paige Smith, Justin Eugene Stephan, Natasha Nicole Marie Stephan, Ethan Mitchael Stewart, Alexis Mercedes Nicole Stokes, Cory Lee Stucker, Sydney Suzanne Studebaker, Olivia Ann Swickard, Timothy Paul Swiger, Destiny Cheyenne Sybesma; 

Danielle Lee Ann Tackett, James Dalton Tackett, Emilee Brooke Taylor, Mitchell Bach Taylor, Braden Kara Teater, Kelli Lynne Tereshko, Tanner Lee Thomas, Alexandra Elizabeth Thurnall, Yaroslava Sergeevna Tingle, James Lee Todd; 

Chloe Margaret Turner, Robert Clayton Turner, Clark Addison Vaughn, Olivia Ann Vaughn, Brooklyn Michelle Vassel, Jennifer Delores Vest, Cara Elizabeth Walker, Kelsi Noelle Wallace, Staci Lynn Walters, Emily Ann Ward; 

Savannah Chevelle Ward, Shelby Nicole Warner, Whitney Blake Warren, Carson Lane Wattenbarger, Jacob Michael Watterson, Courtney Renee Weaver, Dillon Scott Whitham, Matthew Richard Williams, Zane Anthony Williams, Emily Katherine Wilson;

Jennie Lee Wilson, Mallory Rose Wiseman, Whitney Danielle Wynn, Benjamin Matthew Young, Evan Walker Young, Zaayrin Eric Youngblood, Kalynn Diane Zearing, Michael Joseph Zearing, Anthony Scott Zetko Suxin Zhang and Samantha Marie Zinnel.