By: Cas Powell
One of the most prestigious honors that a student at Wayne County Schools can receive is being admitted to the Academic Hall of Fame at the conclusion of their senior year. Students who were given this honor had to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.75 for seven semesters of their time at WCHS. They also had to meet ACT College Benchmarks or have passed 2 dual credit classes with a B or better. Students also have to have had a 94% attendance rate, excluding excused absences.
For the 2017-2018 school year, Wayne County High School inducted a total of thirty-four inductees. The annual Academic Hall of Fame banquet was held on May seventh, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayne County National Guard Armory.
The event began with an introduction and welcome by WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford. Mrs. Ford discussed the agenda for the night, and took a moment to honor the businesses and individuals who had sponsored the event, of which the guests found a list at their seats. She discussed the program’s beginning in 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Southard, who wished to honor students for their academic achievements.
“As members of the 77th graduating class of Wayne County High School, you too, like many others have a world of opportunity before you,” were some of Mrs. Ford’s inspiring words to the students. “You have proven yourselves to be candidates of recognition. Maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.75 for seven semesters of your high school career is not an easy task. In addition to that requirement all students being inducted in the Academic Hall of Fame also have met ACT College Benchmarks (or their equivalent for state accountability) OR have passed 2 dual credit classes with a B or better, AND have maintained a 94% attendance rate, excluding excused absences. It took a combination of thoughtful planning, completion of many assignments and tasks, hours of studying and collaboration with fellow students and teachers to reach this milestone in your lives.”
“Congratulations! I look forward to hearing of your continued success upon graduation,” were her closing words to the students, followed by an introduction to the school district’s Superintendent – Wayne Roberts. After speaking encouragingly to the students, Justin Alley presented the awards to each of the students. Each student received certificates of commendations from Wayne County Schools, State Representative Kenneth Upchurch, Mayor Jeffery Edwards, County Judge Executive Mike Anderson, State Senator Max Wise, and a personalized plaque from the Wayne County Board of Education.
After the giving of the awards, Bailey Wright led a prayer and the students and families were treated to dinner catered by Foothills Country Meats and served by students from the WCHS Family and Consumer Science Department.
Wayne County School District Superintendent Wayne Roberts was the keynote speaker
WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford and WCHS Principal Justin Alley announced the awards
Students were proud to be part of the Academic Hall of Fame
Bailey Wright and her family
Kolby Blevins and his family
Jacob Wright and his family
Jakson and Jayla Baker with their family
Emily Keith and her family
Lane Turner and his family
Cassie Stockton and her family