Graduation, softball playoffs fall on Friday the 13th

Published 10:17 am Friday, May 13, 2011

FRANKLIN—Forty-two years ago, Linda Muse-Ruvio graduated on Friday, June 13, from East Bakersfield High School in California.

Brenda Anyanwu, left, and Linda Muse-Ruvio will graduate tonight, May 13, from Paul D. Camp Community College.

Tonight — on another Friday the 13th — she will go through another graduation ceremony. This time the 60-year-old Franklin woman will receive certificates for completing the medical office billing and specialist programs at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Muse-Ruvio isn’t concerned about graduating on Friday the 13th, which superstition holds to be a day of bad luck.

“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “I call it a good, lucky day.”

Classmate Brenda Anyanwu calls Friday the 13th her lucky day. The Zuni woman’s daughter, Deborah McGarrah, was born Friday, Feb. 13, 1987. Anyanwu will receive her certificates for the same two medical office programs during the PDCCC graduation.

“To me, it’s a blessed thing,” Anyanwu said.

Tidewater Academy Softball Coach Brent Lowe hopes his girls don’t realize today is Friday the 13th. That’s because the girls are in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference semifinals at Richmond Christian.

“I will not share this with the girls,” Lowe said. “It really doesn’t make a difference. The only way it could make a difference is if it gets into their minds.”

The Lady Warriors are 12-7 overall and 9-4 in the VCC.

Southampton Academy softball coach Jeb Bradshaw may need luck today. His No. 5-seeded Lady Raiders will take on top-seeded Kenston Forest at 2 p.m. Kenston Forest is 16-0 in the VCC, while the Lady Raiders are 6-11 overall.

“If they play good, they oughta have a good game and maybe they’ll come out on top,” Bradshaw said.