Starting their new adventure

HHS grads celebrate, look forward to their futures

Kicking off with the National Anthem and then the sounds of “Home Among the Hills” by HHS’s show choir Harmony, the ceremony showcased motivational speeches and inspirational recognitions.

“I’m so proud of my class and all of the people I’m graduating with,” said Molly Landis, one of the graduating seniors. “I know everyone is going to do great things. Thank you to everyone.”

Addresses were given by the keynote speaker, actor Sam Pancake, Valedictorian Alexis Ravenscroft and Salutatorian Grant Mayfield.

Chris Fagga won the Striving for Excellence award and Gary Heishman won the A. Clinton Loy Award.

Some of the seniors said the experience of graduating is bittersweet, but they added that they are looking forward to the future – whatever it may hold.

“It’s a bit scary, but it’s very exciting to start a new adventure and start something new said Chasity Fout. Classmate Ashton Blaylock echoed the sentiment.

“It’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, for real. Not we’re closing the chapter of this book and opening up to the next one,” he said. “I guess we’ll see what the future holds for everybody.”

From here, graduates may go to college, the military or to work and faculty and staff said they are excited for their longtime students to pursue happiness and success out in the world.

“Congratulations; you’ve done it,” said Superintendent Jeff Pancione.

“I’m very proud of each and every one of them. It’s bittersweet. For most, I wear the title of superintendent, but for a select group in this class, I am also their former principal.”

He concluded, “I’ve seen them come from kindergarten to high school senior graduates. I’m very proud of them.” 

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