2014-05-15 / Front Page

Biggest grad class in years to walk at Tiger Stadium next Fri., May 23, at 8 p.m.

By KIP BURKE
news editor

The Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Class of 2014 will be a bumper crop with some 93 graduates walking in commencement exercises next Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

“This is the biggest group of graduates in years,” said W-WCHS Principal Mark Ward. “This is counting some five-year graduates who will walk, but it’s still quite a difference from last year. I hope we can keep our grad rate up there where it belongs.”

For all those who have made the grade, next Friday evening’s graduation ceremony will mark an important milestone in their lives, Ward said. “But the important thing will be what they do starting the morning after graduation. I hope this group of students has a vision of what their futures hold, and takes advantage of their opportunities.”

The format of graduation week will be much the same as in recent years, with graduation practice set for Thursday, May 22, at 9 a.m., and the Senior Banquet following that evening at 8 p.m.

As has become a necessary custom in recent years, the 2014 valedictorian, salutatorian, honor graduates, and most of the scholarship recipients will not be announced until the Senior Banquet, held in the school cafeteria for seniors and their parents, presenters, and some faculty members.

The school recognized top-performing students Thursday, May 8, during its annual Honors Night. Students took awards in each subject area for having reached the highest level of performance in their classes. Students who have made honor roll or had perfect attendance for the school year were recognized as well.

A full report of those receiving honors will be included in the May 22 edition of The News-Reporter. The newspaper’s annual feature of all the graduates’ photos will be published in the issue immediately following graduation.

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