Longview Grads Brave the Real World

It's that time of year when high school graduates move on, and moms and dads start discussing what to do with their extra bedroom.

Longview High School was one of the last classes to graduate in East Texas, but certainly not the least. The school sent 396 new graduates into the world Saturday afternoon.

The graduates of Longview's 2002 class are no different from the students that left Longview years before. However, they're senior year will always be marked by a single event, one that no senior class has ever known before.

"September 11th, that was a shocker," said senior Marcus Gibbon, whose heading for Texas A&M. "I remember sitting in my first period class, and all of a sudden all the TVs went on in the class."

Honors graduate Rebekah Hoelze shared a similar story.

"We saw it on the news, and we had all these emotions going through us. We didn't know what to think, or how to feel."

With all their memories wrapped up in a tiny diploma, the 111th Longview senior class boldly wore green and white as they marched out of Lobo Stadium, heading for the future.