Calvary Baptist Valedictorian’s Speech Stopped By Supertintendent, Student Then Escorted Off Stage
There's quite the controversy brewing in north Louisiana after the superintendent of Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport stopped the school's third and final valedictorian speech mid-sentence.
The reason for yanking the student off the stage according to the school's administration was simply a case of the student going "off script".
However, to family and friends, it was a bit more. The speech was a way for 18-year-old Hailey-Lou Vaske to stand up for herself and what she feels is the right thing.
What was so controversial about Vaske's speech? You decide. Below is some of her speech, the last 15 words she said she could not finish.
But there are others, including administration and counselors that cause more distress than comfort by endangering scholarship opportunities, cause humiliation in front of peers and family and endorse behavior and actions only because of who you are and who you knew. How you gonna beat that?
Vaske explained that her issues with the school came from a critical ACT test she took last winter that helped her earn a 4-year, $60,000 scholarship to Baylor University. However, the test she says, somehow was mailed so late by Calvary's administration that she almost lost that scholarship.
Back to the controversy of graduation night. Superintendent Chad McDowell said that students are warned that deviating from approved speeches may result in removal from the graduation ceremony.
"Unfortunately, we had a student choose to ignore these instructions and therefore received the consequences," said McDowell.
Vaske said that since she was removed from the graduation ceremony, she wasn't able to walk with her classmates and did not receive her diploma. She's hoping it will come in the mail soon.