MASON — It was a night for reminiscing of past school years, but also looking toward the future, as 65 Wahama High School seniors graduated on Friday.
Top students Taylor Elizabeth Warden and Faith Ann Stewart both spoke of entering the school as seventh graders, as they addressed those attending the commencement ceremony.
“It feels like just yesterday when we were little seventh graders, walking the halls and trying to stay clear of the ‘scary’ seniors,” Warden said. “Now look at us – we are the seniors.”
Noting that so much has changed in the six years at Wahama, she told her fellow classmates that they are ready to “move forward into the world.” Warden is the daughter of Heather Thompson and Scott Warden.
Stewart also reminded fellow students of fun memories, telling one from each of their years at the Bend Area school. The daughter of Troy and Lisa Stewart, she also encouraged them to make God a part of their future.
“Make God a vital part of everything you do,” Stewart stated. “Then He will guide you because you will be working to accomplish His purposes.”
Dr. Keith Jackson, director of the West Virginia University School of Music, was guest speaker, and told the seniors in times of difficulty to tap back into the memories being made during the commencement ceremony. Using various soundtracks of both current music as well as classics, Dr. Jackson showed the graduates how to create their own personal soundtrack to find happiness.
Both the Wahama band and chorus presented musical selections during the ceremony. A slide show depicting scenes from the students’ senior year was presented to the tunes of “I’ll Always Remember You” and “I Lived.”
Principal Kenny Bond presented the class to Mason County Superintendent of Schools Jack Cullen, prior to Assistant Principal Melissa VanMeter overseeing the presentation of diplomas.
Senior class president Logan Bissell led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the commencement service. Other class officers were Nolan Pierce, vice president, and Molly Fisher, secretary-treasurer. Class advisors included Ron Bradley, Teresa Atkinson, Adrian Rutherford, Melissa Sheets, and Kristin Hussell.
Those graduating were:
Summa Cum Laude — Taylor Elizabeth Warden, Faith Ann Stewart, Logan Elayne Bissell, Molly Elizabeth Fisher, Olivia Morgan Hill, and Chloe Elizabeth Richardson.
Magna Cum Laude — Kristin Paige DeVault, William Mason Hicks, Destiny Shiane Ingels, Austin Allen Juelfs, Ricky Lee Kearns, Jr., William Joseph McDermitt, Jared Matthew Nutter, Jaelyn Ashley Plants, Rachel Leighann Roque, Randi Beth Shirley and Ryan Paul Thomas.
Cum Laude — Emmalee Kathryn Broyles and Kyle William Sines.
Other graduates included Sarah Louise Adams, Andrea Guadalupe Aguirre Ayala, Wesley Gilbert Albright, Zachary Emmitt Anderson, Alexis Marie Board, Kymber Leanne Bowyer, Christopher Scott Cadle, Nathan Michael Cogar, Noah Andrew Davis, Destiny Dawn Divers,
Noah Christopher Estep, Maddison Brooke Ferguson, Kelsey Morgan Fields, Heather Nicole Grimm, Jordan Ray Grimm, Tyler Lee Grimm, Mitchell Ross Halley, Morgan Danyel Harrison, Faith Nichole Henry, Hope Elizabeth Henry,
Cole Bricle Herdman, Jesse Anderson Hesson, Nicholas Wayne Hill, Allison Ann Holley, Ian Uriah Hook, Wesley Michael Jones, Joseph Allen Kearns, Debra Dee Jade Leming, John Cody McDaniel, Marissa Dawn McWhorter,
Britney Nicole Morrison, Shianne Starr Nicholson, Juan Christian Ortiz, Nolan Christian Pierce, Nathan Blain Redman, Adam Joseph Russell, Thomas Gavin Russell, Richard Matthew Short, Jr., Clayton Richard Sines, Kaitlyn Diane Smith,
Sarah Renee Stamper, Sierra Dawn VanMeter, Christian Chandler Varian, Brooke Danielle Vickers, Alexandrea Nichelle Walker, and Alex Christopher Whaley.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.