WEST JEFFERSON-Surrounded by their never-failing and always applauding support network of family and friends, Ashe County’s soon-to-be graduating class of 2016 was honored during the high school’s senior awards day ceremony Friday morning.
The celebration, which primarily took place in the school’s auditorium, is intended as a lead-up to next week’s graduation.
While the seniors still have yet another week of classes to complete before they are officially graduates, students could barely contain their excitement as they embraced one another with warm hugs while others exchanged friendly jeers and fist bumps.
The class of 2016 is a highly decorated and awarded one. Altogether, Ashe County’s senior class was offered nearly $4 million in scholarship monies, of which it has accepted $1.9 million to date.
More than 40 seniors will finish their academic careers with GPAs of 3.75 or higher and at least 20 scholars notched the 4.25 mark and beyond.
Their destinations following graduation are diverse as the personalities and interests of the class of 2016 is itself.
Many students have selected regional institutions such as Wilkes Community College, Appalachian State and East Tennessee State universities while others have set their goals on colleges as far away as the SAM Racing institute in Houston or the College of the Desert in California.
Following the ceremony, students posed for a stage photo at the front of school where they threw their play money – which was intended to represent the millions they received in scholarship funds – into the air. After the impromptu photo, the students were treated to some fun in the sun to complete the day.
The following is a complete list of students who were honored during Friday’s awards day ceremony.
2016 NC Academic Scholars
Osvaldo Barcenas-Oviedo, Rebekah Elizabeth Willes Bowers, Benjamin Herbert Brown, Keely Graham Caddell, Laura Rose Calhoun, Tori Alexis Colvard, Ethan Paul Lewis, Ebenezer Jacob Macknee, Ezra James McCorkle, Brianna Lynn McCoy, Shawn Lee McKiddy, Abigail Nichole Miller, Virginia Nicole Miller, Sydney Brooke Neaves, Kaitlyn Rose Orr, Kena Dawn Patrick, Natasha Nicole Romans, Kirby Kathryn Rucker, Skyler Nicole Taracido, Kayla Marie Townsend, Alexis Brittney Treadway, Kendall Dakota Wagner, Bennett Suzanne Watson, Christian Michael Wilson.
2016 Honor Graduates
Gold Cord (weighted GPA 4.25+, no grade lower than C)
Osvaldo Barcenas-Oviedo, Kathryn Janine Bard, Rebekah Elizabeth Willes Bowers, Benjamin Herbert Brown, Keely Graham Caddell, Laura Rose Calhoun, Tori Alexis Colvard, Madelyn Faith Crawford, Ebenezer Jacob Macknee, Ezra James McCorkle, Brianna Lynn McCoy, Shawn Lee McKiddy, Sydney Brooke Neaves, Kaitlyn Rose Orr, Kena Dawn Patrick, Michael Tyler Slaton, Skyler Nicole Taracido, Kayla Marie Townsend, Alexis Brittney Treadway, Sabrina Hope Walton, Christian Michael Wilson.
(Weighted GPS 4.0-4.24, No grade lower than C)
Sybol Kay Eller, Chance Anthony Hutchens, Calvin Dean Johnson, Alex Gregory Kissinger, Ethan Paul Lewis, Dakota Marie Little, Joseph Gordon Lowder, Brittany Ruth Patrick, Alexander Brien Richardson, Kirby Kathryn Rucker, Kendall Dakota Wagner, Bennett Suzanne Watson
(Weighted GPA 3.75-3.999, no grade lower than C)
Taylor Michelle Hinrichs, Abigail Nichole Miller, Virginia Nicole Miller, Kendall Austin Richardson, Bradley Smith Richie, Natasha Nicole Romans, Cassie Lauren Shumate, Hayley Marie Taylor, Cypress Augusta Taylor, Emily Meredith Wilson