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End of the Year

Posted by titantv on May 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

By Kayla Gallion 

 

The year is drawing to a close and several students are getting tired of school, but seniors can take heart that the end of year activities for them are about to begin, and their final day of high school is right around the corner.

Graduation is a little over a month away, but seniors must prepare for it by picking up caps and gowns and paying fines. However, not everything is so tedious, for several fun events are coming up to celebrate how far the seniors have come, such as the Senior Cookout, Baccalaureate, and finally, the Commencement Ceremony itself.

Before graduating, seniors must of course pass all of their classes, make up any loss of credit they have due to attendance, and take final exams. 1st and 2nd period finals for seniors will be on June 2nd, and 3rd and 4th period exams will be on the 3rd. Also before graduating, all fines must be paid. These fines could include anything from lunch fees to library fees to money owed in clubs or organizations. If they are not paid by May 23rd, the seniors who owe cannot walk across the stage at the Commencement Ceremony.

The Commencement, where most seniors will officially graduate, will be held Friday, June 13th at 6:30 PM. Seniors will be allowed to park at West, but all attending family members must park at either Peebles, Big Lots, or Roses, where shuttles will take them up to the high school. Only those who need handicapped parking will be allowed to park at the school. The stadium gates will open at 4 and seniors should be there no later than 5:15 so they can be dressed in cap and gown and lined up by 6. After the ceremony, graduates will need to go to the Media Center in order to receive their diploma. Pictures can be taken with families and Mrs. Gouge on the football field after commencement exercises, as well.

Dress code applies at Graduation, of course. Women are required to wear a “Sunday dress” or Bermuda-length shorts and a nice shirt. It is suggested that girls do not wear heels, since they can easily sink into the ground. Men must wear dress pants, a dress shirt, and tie. If necessary, the principals can give ties to those who need it. Obviously, caps and gowns will be worn over these outfits during the ceremony.

Any seniors who have not ordered their cap and gown need to do so. Caps and gowns, as well as tassels, graduation invitations, and other supplies ordered will be at the school on May 16th. Jostens will be here during all three lunches to hand everything out, so seniors need to attend school that day. An important senior meeting concerning Graduation will then be held on May 29th at 9:30. Graduation practice will take place on June 4th in the gym, then on June 11th in the stadium. Attendance at these practices is mandatory in order to walk at the ceremony.

Another ceremony held by the churches will be held to celebrate the seniors. Baccalaureate is on June 8th at Tom Johnson’s camping center. This ceremony is a graduation ceremony but a religious one, and it is optional. Seniors who do wish to attend will receive a catered meal and can bring guests, but must RSVP by May 28th by calling 828-724-9599. Attending seniors must wear their caps and gowns.

All of this sounds a bit overwhelming, but there are plenty of fun activities coming up for seniors, as well. The Senior Panoramic Picture will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 9:30 AM in the gym. Senior Awards Day, where awards and scholarships will be announced, will be on June 4th before Graduation practice, and the Senior Cookout will be held that day during all three lunches. The Awards Banquet, at which honors students will be recognized and some seniors will receive Awards of Excellence, will be on May 15th. June 11th, a half day, is the last day of school, and after that seniors only have to walk across the stage in order to be officially done with high school.

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