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RHS: Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Richwood, WV – Richwood High School’s graduation ceremony for the senior class of 2019 occurred yesterday, May 23, 2019, at the Red Gym in Richwood, West Virginia.

The graduation ceremony began at 7 P.M.

The Lumberjack Express band started it by playing their first song, and the soon-to-be high school graduates walked to their seats.

Once each student was seated, freshman student Taylor Mullens sang the National Anthem. Then, after she finished, a few senior students led their peers and all in attendance in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

After that, Richwood High School’s student council Class President, Zach Taylor, walked to the podium and gave the first speech.

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By: Jharad K. McClung Lester

Mr. Taylor gave a great speech, thanking his teachers, family, and in his own words, Mr. Greg James, the Lumberjack Express Marching Band’s director, saying, “Thank you so much. Thank you for helping me, guiding me, and thank you for treating me like a son.”

After saying thank you to Mr. James, Zach ended his speech by saying, “Most importantly, I’d like to thank God and his grace.”

Once Zach Taylor sat back down, another senior student, Wesley Spencer, walked to the podium. Spencer prayed for us all, and he too, thanked God for guiding us all, especially his classmates who sat to the left of where he stood.

After Wesley Spencer finished, Caitlin Cowell, the National Honor Society Class President, and a Harvard admit, began to give her speech.

With sincereness, humor, and courage, Ms. Cowell delivered a great speech. The focal point of her address, in essence, was based upon the premise that, in her words, “You can do whatever you want to do if you work hard.”

At the end of her speech, she thanked many people. What caught most eyes, however, was when she said, “Lastly, I want to thank my Mom and Dad; this one’s for you.”

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Once she finished, Lauren Lee, with teary eyes, went to the podium. In her speech, she stated the ten things Richwood High School taught her. At the end of her speech, she thanked several teachers and family members, as well.

When Ms. Lauren Lee sat back down, at last, it was finally time for the soon-to-be graduates to receive their high school diplomas. Row after row, student after student, finally, after about twenty minutes, each student held their high school diploma in their hand.

Mr. Scott Williams, Richwood High School’s principal, then asked each student to shift their tassels from the right side of their caps to the left, later declaring, “Congratulations, you all are now graduates of Richwood High School!”

With applause, laughter, and even some tears, the graduates threw their caps high in the air and let off the confetti rockets hidden under each seat.

After a few minutes of celebration, it was time to lead into the recessional. As the band began to play another song, with broad smiles and a few tears, the graduates walked out of the gym together for the last time.

Congratulations, Richwood High School Class of 2019!

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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