WEST JEFFERSON —The Ashe County High School class of 2015 are starting a new chapter in their lives after officially earning their high school diplomas on Friday, June 5.
ACHS held commencement ceremonies inside the school’s gymnasium with a large crowd of proud family and friends filling all available seating.
Also in attendance was Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden, members of the board of education, ACHS faculty and staff, ACHS wind ensemble and the ACHS Husky Choir.
ACHS class of 2015 president Austin Price opened the ceremony by addressing his fellow classmates to recognize the great milestone they just reached, and to thank all the teachers and parents who helped in the process.
“It is impossible to express how much you mean to us,” Price said.
On behalf of the senior class, Emily Long recognized Holden, the board and all school faculty and staff.
“We would like to express our appreciation to them for helping us reach this significant milestone in our lives,” Long said.
Tyler Eller gave an explanation of the different cord, sashes and stoles the graduates were wearing during graduation including: Beta Stole, FIRST Tech Challenge, Future Farmers of America Cord, Health Occupations Students of America stole, National Art Honor Society Cord and Tassel, National Technical Honor Society Cord, Red Cross Blood Drive Cord, Rho Kappa Cord and Spanish Honor Society Cord
Student GPAs were recognized by a gold, silver or purple cord.
ACHS Principal Jason Krider introduced Hallie Brown as the valedictorian and Alex Spencer as the salutatorian.
Brown had a record-breaking weighted GPA of 5.096. She will attend North Carolina State University in the fall to pursue a pre-med degree and major in nutrition science.
Spencer had a weighted GPA of 5.06, the second highest in the senior class. He will also be attending North Carolina State University in the fall to major in bio-chemistry.
During the ceremony, Spencer and Brown gave a speech together to recognize the accomplishments of their fellow classmates.
“Just remember that every road you take will always lead to home,” Brown said.
ACHS Husky Choir sang “I will Remember You” with soloists Heather Travers, Casey Church and Juliana Eaton. The choir also sang a rendition of “See You Again” with the senior class joining in during the last chorus.
The future is promising for the new graduates as many will soon begin college careers, enter the workforce or leave for the military.
Appalachian State University, Wilkes Community College, Western Carolina University, UNC-Wilmington, East Tennessee State University, North Carolina State University and the U.S. Armed Forces are just a few of the stops along the way to adulthood for this year’s graduating class.
The ACHS class of 2015 had numerous accomplishments including:
• One student had perfect attendance in grades 9-12;
• 30 students had a 4.25 or higher GPA and no semester grade lower than a C;
• Six students had a 4.0 to 4.249 weighted GPA and no semester grade lower than a C;
• 22 students had a 3.75 to 3.999 weighted GPA and no semester grade lower than a C
The Class of 2015 was offered a total of $3,138,863 in scholarships.
The 2014-15 academic school year has officially come to a close and ACHS students will return to the classroom Monday, Aug. 17.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.