Class of 2023 celebrates graduation despite rainstorm

Principal addresses crowd, highlights accomplishments of class


Rain may have dampened the field, bleachers, stage, and most everything else in Warrior Stadium, but it could not dampen the spirits of 238 graduates that would receive their diploma.  It could not dampen the spirits of moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches, and staff members who came to celebrate the graduates’ hard work. 

The 115th Commencement of White County High School began with its traditional pageantry.  Educators marched in followed by the graduating seniors in their caps and gowns.  Many wore ribbons, medals, and cords around their neck recognizing various accomplishments.   A welcome was given by Career Technical Education director Lane Ward.  The JROTC presented the colors, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Josiah Rushing prayed a beautiful invocation to begin the ceremony.  Co-valedictorians, Annika Amaral and Kiley Moore, both gave powerful speeches on the importance of being kind to other people and being willing to serve.

Principal Greg Wilson spoke to the students and celebrated many of their amazing accomplishments.  The list was long and impressive and represented both academic and athletic successes. Wilson shared that the graduating class had earned over $1.5 million in scholarships.  Wilson presented the “Principal’s Warrior Award” to Connor Brewington. After Wilson completed his speech, Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, addressed the graduates and encouraged them to be safe on the road of life and to be aware of the guardrails that keep them safe.

238 diplomas were passed out on the night. 34 graduated from the Warrior Academy, on May 12.  The total number of graduates from White County this year was 272.  Good luck to all of these fine young people as they enter the next stage of their lives.


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