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Grad name game looks into future


Wendel Sloan

Local columnist

While thumbing through a commencement program, I wondered if graduates’ names contribute to their fates.

Will …

Mr. Brake discover the Midas touch? People think Ms. Brillante is just a sarcastic nickname? Mr. Elder become a statesman or dogmatically religious?link Wendel Sloan

Ms. Gust become a meteorologist? Mr. Hardwick develop long-lasting candles? Ms. Palomino develop a premature white mane?

Mr. Sanders lick his fingers excessively? Ms. Petty live down to her name? Mr. Cotton and Mr. Schwab puncture their eardrums?

Mr. Studds become a ladies-night dancer? Ms. Eden be tempted to settle for low-hanging fruit? Mr. Urban move from Portales to Clovis?

Ms. Song duet with Mr. Byrd? Mr. Howe get fired for asking too many questions? Ms. Huff storm from meetings?

Ms. Creamer confuse people by taking her coffee black? Mr. Love and Ms. Valentine be married by Mr. Vowell, then counsel Ms. Rush to take her time before marrying Mr. Wong? Mr. Wolf chase Ms. Fox over Ms. Hill and Ms. Dale?

Ms. Bunch and Mr. Hopper open a winery? Ms. White and Ms. Walsh become partners in a law firm advising clients to stay mum. Mr. Shields move around frequently in law enforcement?

A jury reject Ms. Sain’s insanity defense? Mr. Close and Mr. Shaver appear on “Shark Tank?” Ms. Cook disappoint Mr. Pepper with her culinary skills?

Ms. Brooks be told to stop babbling? Mr. Mello abuse muscle relaxants? Mr. Coker be ordered into rehab?

Mr. Dunn become a bill collector harassing Ms. Welch? Ms. Page and Mr. Turner co-author thrillers? Ms. Fort and Ms. Knox become gold-diggers?

Mr. Black hate the Clippers’ owner? Mr. Fan be unable to hit curve-balls? Ms. Summers never warm up to Mr. Winters?

Long-lost classmates tell Ms. Bell her face rings one? Mr. Broom be relegated to the dustpan of history? Ms. Hill blush when inspirational speakers say there is no hill or mountain that can’t be climbed?

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