Graduates prepare to receive diplomas in ceremony

Ryan Burks, Staff Writer

  Seniors are preparing for their final walk as students down the halls of WHS for their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 20. This ceremony is the pinnacle of their celebration ending their 13-year education.

  “I am excited to walk with my best friend, Dracie. We have been friends since preschool,” senior Alexis Riga said.

  School board president James Miller will hand out diplomas at the ceremony that starts at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

  “I’m happy about walking across stage,” senior Justin Jachetta-Whitmire said.

  The speakers at graduation will be the class valedictorian, salutatorian, Student Council President Austin McCall, Principal Randy Luebbert, Superintendent Scott Downing.

“I am excited because my aunt gets to hand me my diploma,” senior Raven Caswell said. Caswell will be awarded her diploma by school board member Rickie Caswell.

  “I am looking forward to the food and parties after graduation,” senior John Hargrave said.

  Project graduation will be held after the graduation ceremony from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Participants have to be at John Boise Middle School by 11 with a guest. The evening features a hypnotist/comedian, inflatables, jousting sticks, boxing, velcro bungee, a photo booth, and adult tricycles. Each participant will get a $75 Walmart gift card along with several other prizes. There will be fireworks provided by Kovacs and food provided by various places.

  Baccalaureate was held May 15 in the WHS gymnasium. The speaker this year at baccalaureate was middle school social studies teacher Steve Larson.

  Larson shared some of his favorite memories from the Class of 2016.

 “To the Class of 2016, I wish you the best and I am flattered that you asked me to speak at Baccalaureate,” Larson said.

 The Baccalaureate ceremony was followed by the senior awards ceremony and kicked off the senior celebration week.

“I am looking forward to graduation, I am going to be able to get on with my life and not worry about too much of anything,” senior Jonathan Plybon said.