School returns to the traditional graduation ceremony
(Posted on June 2, 2021)
Madison Editor-in-Chief Kristy Zurbrick
This year’s high school diplomas have almost always returned to their normal pre-pandemic state. The ceremony allowed family and friends to come together and didn’t need anything virtual.
Last year, local high schools were unable to hold traditional graduation ceremonies due to restrictions on large gatherings. School leaders had to devise ways for graduates to receive their diplomas individually. The solution included a time limit and drive-through pickups. Virtual ceremonies (pre-recorded speech videos, award announcements, etc.) were also part of the Class of 2020 graduation experience.
West Jefferson High School was the first school in Madison County to hold an entrance ceremony this year. The event took place on May 22 at Kyle Field. The students were seated 6 feet apart, but otherwise it was a traditional graduation ceremony.
Of the 87 students in the class, 19 graduated with honors, 25 are members of the National Honor Society, and two are members of the National Honor Society through the Tolls Career and Technical Center.
The graduates and their college plans are: Emma Hostetler from Ohio State University. Harley Johnson, Gannon University. Megan McClish at Cedarville University. Vanessa Peshko, Columbus State University. And Anya Piazza from Ohio State University. This year’s salutatorian was Wesley Miller en route to Capital University.
The best Tolles student this year is Nicholas West.
Class officers are: Thomas Fuller, President. Taylor Fry, Vice-President. Gabriel King, secretary. Accounting Megan McClish. August Crawford, Public Relations. And historian Samantha Chaffin.
The flowers in the class are sunflowers. The classroom color is teal. The class chose “21 and DONE! “With” Just Blink “by Kenny Chesney as the song. Like their motto.
The Madison Plains High School graduation ceremony was held on May 28 at the high school gymnasium. The district returned to traditional ceremonies, following the guidelines of the health sector.
Of the 75 students in the class, 8 graduated with honors and 12 are members of the National Honor Society.
Rachel Weisz, a Balladictorian, will go to Kent State University to study architecture. Kenneth Schaefer from Salutatorian will go to Ohio State University to study forensic pathology.
The Class Officers are: Alyson Petee, President. Hannah Dier, Vice-President. Morgan Rowe, Secretary. And Treasurer Becky Griggsby.
The class flowers are yellow roses and the class colors are green and gold. The class motto is “Look at the stars and put your feet on the ground” by Theodore Roosevelt.
The London High School graduation ceremony took place on May 30 in Bowlsfield. Students were limited to 10 tickets each for their friends and family, and the group sat in a family booth at the stadium. The neighborhood has reconnected with a new tradition that began last year. It is the parade of the seniors which took place on May 27th. The parade started in high school, circled downtown and returned to high school.
Of the 164 students in the class, 24 graduated with honors and 32 are members of the National Honor Society.
Promotion Major Luke Pearl will attend Ohio State University. Logan Miner from Salutatorian will attend the University of Cincinnati.
The class officers are: Mia Commer, President. Brooke Maxeveny, Vice-President. Raven Large, Secretary. Treasurer Lindsay Rogue.
The colors of the class are black and red. The class song is Vitamin C “Graduation” and the motto is “It is what it is” by JE Lawrence.
The Shekina Christian School Entrance Ceremony was held on May 28 at Shiloh Mennonite Church. School officials said the procedure was otherwise as normal as possible, while the number of tickets for friends and family was limited to 25 per graduate.
Of the four students in the class, three achieved excellent grades.
The Balladictorians are Brooke Cooley and the Sydney Lions. Coolie will babysit this summer, work in the fall, and do short-term missionary work at Youth With A Mission next spring. The Lions attended Columbus State Community College for two years, then went on a rampage. I plan to go to Liberty College to study the biology of living things.
Sophie Spiers of Salutatorian is taking a year off. She wants to find a job in the fall and spring and see what God is up to for her future.
The Class Officers are: Brooke Cooley, President. Vice-president of Sophie Spiers. Hope Ferguson, Secretary. And the Sydney Lions accounting. The class is sponsored by Andreas Hirschberger.
The class flowers are white lily and the class colors are sage and lilac. The class quotes: “Friendship is not a big deal. It’s a million little things. The class poems are: “The God of hope fills you with joy and peace when you trust him, and overflows with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.
The Tolles Career & Technical Center hosted a certification ceremony for seniors on May 29 at the Jonathan Alder High School Volunteer Field at Performance Stadium.
Of the 263 students in the class, 26 have won the Lift Award and 20 are members of the National Technical Honor Society.
Keegan Barber and Trinity Heskett are excellent students of the year. The finalists were Victoria Cavallaro, Riley Scaff and Cuyler Whitt.
The heads of the student organization within the school are: Trinity Heskett, President. Emma Parker, Vice-President. Erin Rittin, Treasurer. And historian Victoria Sayer.
The entrance ceremony for Jonathan Alder High School was held on May 30 at the Performance Stadium Volunteer Field.
This is the first time the school district has held a graduation ceremony at a new high school. The graduate’s name was displayed on the scoreboard as the student walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
Of the 173 students in the class, 47 graduated with honors and 51 are members of the National Honor Society.
The graduates and their university projects are: Madyrin (Maddy) Davis, Ottervine University. Mason Fields, University of Miami. Dominique Gantz of the University of Cincinnati. Morgan Hicks, University of Toledo; Zackery (Zack) Huggins, University of Miami. Lucky professor emeritus, Ohio State University. Olivia McCoy, University of Cincinnati. Matthew (Matt) Shelzer, Columbus State Community College. Hope Shoemaker, missionary fieldwork. Abigail Watkins, Ohio State University. Eliza Watkins, Ohio State University. And Riley Woods, Ohio State University
Best regards and their college plans are: Bowling Green State University Nathan Clark. Anne (Annie) Hirschberg, University of Wittenberg. Avery Pierce of the University of Findlay. Natalie Taylor, University of Miami John Santini III, Bowling Green State University
The class officers are: Caleb Keane, President. Vice President of Jack Kinsey. Nathalie Taylor, secretary. And Treasurer Amber Little.
The class chose white roses for the flowers and red and black for the colors. Their motto is “take the world as you want it and leave it as a better place”.