She is going to miss her brothers . . . but she won't admit it yet.
The Flathead Braves!!!
Keston played in the band and then tried to join us when they were finished however, he couldn't get through so he sat on the steps with Preston.
The little blur is Tylissa walking in. We guessed on which side of the gym to sit in and we pick the correct side.
Look at that smile . . . she was pretty excited.
Can you pick her out . . . she is in row 5. The row with the empty seats in the middle.
Listening to the ceremony. It was pretty short and sweet because they had 300+ kids to get through.
The principal Mr. F.
I got the video to work. I feel like I could break out in song for her. . . this is the moment, this is the day, this is the moment that I know I'm on my way. . . I love Tylissa's "whew, it's over" breath at the end.
Getting ready to throw the caps, the tassel is off.
The student body president, Jake W.
Then the pictures afterward . . . she makes me feel tall. We are so proud! Her brothers have a high bar to meet because she really blew our expectations out of the water.
Thanks Granny and Grandpa for making it and surviving in the hot gym. The first girl to graduate.
She did it. There were moments I told her to hold still and quit dancing so we could get pictures.
Switch to the Batman fedora
Her friend Preston came up for the evening.
The whole family
Can't forget Danny - these two have been buds since the good ol' days of Elrod.
Everyone needs to have the FHS flower picture.
Tylissa is not the most social girl so she didn't want to have a party but we had fun with just the family and enough ice cream sundae stuff for about 20 more no parties.
Tylissa spent a lot of time filling out scholarship applications, I swear she completed at least 20. We each got a letter in the mail inviting us to the 2013 Senior Awards Red Carpet Ceremony, an Oscar Experience. She had received a scholarship but we would find out what when we got there. So to make a long story short. It was great, they had red carpet and everything and they started giving out awards and we sat and sat and sat for over two hours. Tylissa starting slinking lower and lower in her chair. She really wanted to get the Elrod Alumni scholarship but that went to Danny (a great pick if it can't be your own kid). She was getting discouraged and I was too. Because the evening was so long, I pulled out my textbook and was reading it by the light of my iPod when all of a sudden they called her name. I feel terrible because I wasn't paying attention to know what scholarship it was. That is why the pictures are so blurry. She was so excited. The certificate informed us she was awarded the Edna McPheeter award for $1600. After that she was sitting up in her chair again and I started paying attention. And she was part of the group that received the Hawkins award for another $2000. They gave out little Oscar statues even.
Receiving the first scholarship award - the Edna McPheeters award.
Passing down the Oscar statues from the Hawkins award
Tylissa and Danny - buds since 3rd Grade at Elrod. He grew, she didn't.
It was a long wait but very worth it, even 4 hours worth it - way to go Tylissa!!! Watch out world she is going to take your breath away!