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5/21/06

Spade's Final Graduation Ends With Surprise for War Veteran

Spade School District is now officially closed.  On Friday, this year's five graduates walked across the stage, and as they said their last good-bye, they had a very special surprise for one Korean War Veteran.

Newschannel 11's Jennifer Vogel tells the story of how the end of an era was actually a dream come true for a class of 1950 Spade high school student.

It started like any other high school graduation.  Straightening ties, hugs good-bye, and seniors getting some last minute advice.  But this small senior class of five students, carry a legacy.

"You carry one thing no one else does. The last graduating class from Spade. Honor that, be proud, walk with pride."

But the class of five, grew to six graduates. The class of 2006 added an honorary graduate. His name is Sherman Jones.

Sherman is a war veteran.  He was supposed to graduate in 1950, but dropped out of school in 1949 and joined the Army.   "We went to Okinawa on March 23, then went to Korea until July 22.

Sherman's regime started with 2,700 men. And in 1954, only 313 would return from Okinawa. One of those men was Sherman.  He says, "the rest were captured or killed by North Koreans."

When Sherman got home, he earned his high school credits, and went to college.  But he never did get to walk across the stage with a graduating class, until May 19, 2006.

And now, 56 years later, Sherman is graduating with the last class from Spade high school, one of his proudest accomplishments.

"It felt like a dream come true. Like god intended it that way."

Next year, students that are currently going to Spade school district will combine with the Olton school district.

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