2017-05-18 / News

Awards, activities continue as seniors prepare for graduation

By ROBERT WHEELER
principal, W-WCHS

May is an exciting time at Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School. Approximately 80 excited students will gather together on Charlie Davidson Field at Tiger Stadium, Friday, May 26, at 8 p.m. to receive their diplomas. Graduation is a wonderful milestone accomplishment for all of our students, and especially for those students who will be the very first in their families to earn high school diplomas or the first to graduate with plans to attend college.

Prior to graduation, our talented seniors were recognized in front of their peers at the fourth annual Cording Ceremony in which students received cords to wear at graduation for the successful completion of state pathways. All our expected graduates received at least one cord. Twenty-eight students received a white cord for completing an Academic Pathway. Students earned an Academic Pathway by passing the required high school courses in a specific content area (English, math, science, or social studies) plus passing an Advanced Placement or college level course and completing two years of foreign language. Four students earned a Fine Arts Pathway and received a blue cord for successfully passing three years of band. Sixteen students earned a Foreign Language Pathway by passing three consecutive courses in Spanish and received a grey cord. An amazing 74 students earned a total of 194 CTAE Pathways by completing three specific courses in agriculture, business, early childhood education, or healthcare science. Those students completing a CTAE pathway received a blue and gold braided cord. In all, 82 students completed 289 pathways.

Seniors, along with the rest of the students at W-WCHS, will be completing Georgia Milestones End-of-Course Assessments and final exams over the next two weeks. These are busy and exciting times. On Friday, May 19, the seniors will march through the halls of the primary, elementary, and middle schools to the cheers and excitement of younger students. Hopefully, by seeing students they know walk by in their caps and gowns, these younger students in our community will be inspired and will believe in and commit to the goal of graduating with their class from W-WCHS.

The parade of graduates is also exciting and rewarding for their former teachers who remember these students as shy children and now see young men and women proudly walking before them. The parade provides an opportunity for everyone in the school system to celebrate with the senior class and be proud of the significant role each played in making the dream of graduation a reality.

This year’s Senior Banquet will be held in the high school cafeteria Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. Students and two guests for each will eat dinner, hear from the class officers, and reminisce while watching an entertaining slide show of the senior class with pictures showing the changes from babies to young men and women ready to take on the world. Following the meal, seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments, scholarships will be awarded, honor graduates will be named, and the salutatorian and valedictorian will be recognized. This is a proud time for all of our students, their parents and families, and their teachers. We look forward every year to this important and meaningful occasion.

Currently, 47 seniors have been accepted into a college or university, technical school, or the United States Armed Forces including four students accepted by the University of Georgia. We are all proud of our seniors, their growth, their many talents, and their accomplishments.

We are sad to see them go, but thrilled and excited about their future endeavors. Please join us as we celebrate as a community and show these graduating seniors how very proud of them we are. We also want to express gratitude to parents, the community and to our dedicated teachers. Thank you and please join us in the coming days of celebration.

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