There wasn’t an empty seat or a dry eye in Medina Valley High School’s football stadium Saturday night as valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand humbly raised her eyes to heaven and thanked God.
She had been barred from doing so by a federal judge.
However, late Friday evening, three judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling and Hildenbrand was allowed to pray, which she did twice throughout the evening.
“Whether you would like to join me or not, feel free to do as you see best,” Hildenbrand said shortly before she lifted her voice to the Almighty, “God, I thank you for the support of the entire community through this.”
Security was heightened in preparation for large crowds, but the evening finished without incident.