Principal Justin Alley congratulating the inductees
Emily Daniels headed up front to receive her plaque
Natalie Dick received her plaque from hostess Carol Ford
Savannah Dishman receives her plaque from hostess Carol Ford
Inductee Zach Dishman
Senior Grayson Guffey
Senior Madison Smith heads up front to receive her plaque
Senior Makena Hatfield was presented with her plaque from hostess Carol Ford
Senior Callie Upchurch appreciated her plaque presented by Carol Ford
Senior Hunter Dixon
Senior Lauren Hughes checks out her plaque
Inductee Andrew Perdew
(L-R) Inductees Callie Phillips and Mollie Perkins
(L-R) Andrew Bertram, Parker Bell, Jessie Allison, Renee Allen, Rachael Allen, and Heather Abbott
2019 Wayne County High School Academic Hall of Fame
Wayne County School Educators applauded the 2019 Academic Hall of Fame class at the conclusion of the ceremony
(L-R) Harold Martin shakes hands with is son Adrian Martin who received a plaque
(L-R) Michael Buoncristiani shows his father, Chris Buoncristiani, his awards
Zach Dishman lead a prayer before dinner
"Seniors 2019" balloon decoration
Over 100 family and friends attended the dinner
(l-r:) Dakota Stinson, Keesha Thompson, Jasmine Boykin, Shaylie Dobbs, Maggie Criswell, and Bailey Preat, representing the WCHS chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America contributed to the event by working as servers at the buffet line.
(L-R) Grayson Guffey, Kaylee Julius, and Cameron Walter
Aubrey Weaver going through the food line with his supporters
Dallas Piercy, father of inductee Alex Piercy
(L-R) Callie Foster, Jeremy Godsey, Taylor Thompson, and Vicky Winchester
(L-R) Rachel and Shawn Stinson, parents of inductee Kelby Stinson, enjoyed the evening.
Abigail Marcum with family
Grandparents Harlan and Gail Ogle supported their grandson Michael Buoncristiani
2019 Wayne County High School Academic Hall of Fame
The 2019 Wayne County High School Academic Hall of Fame recognized 51 inductees during an impressive ceremony and dinner on April 23. Over 200 family and friends attended the evening celebration in support of the top senior academic achievers meeting the criteria for induction.
Wayne County High School Media Specialist Carol Ford welcomed the seniors and their families to the special event, which was beautifully decorated in school colors. She explained the agenda for the evening.
“Please take note of the thank you memos you received along with your programs tonight. We could not have this event if it were not for all of these fine individuals, groups, and businesses who support our students,” said Ford.
Ford explained the history of the annual event. The Wayne County High School Academic Hall of Fame was started in 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Southard, who at that time, was a teacher in the Wayne County School System. Mrs. Southard sought to recognize the academic achievements of Wayne County’s graduates and commend them for their diligence and perseverance in education.
“Tonight we gather to recognize the hard work ethics, academic talents, and motivation of 51 students from Wayne County High School. As members of the 78th graduating class of Wayne County High School, you too, like many others have a world of opportunity before you,” noted Ford.
Ford continued, “You have proven yourselves to be candidates of recognition. Maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.75 for seven semester 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.”
Wayne County School Superintendent Wayne Roberts commended the seniors on their academic accomplishments. He told them there would be many more hills to climb after graduation. “Aim for excellence in whatever field you go into.”
For instance, he said if you become a carpenter, be the best carpenter you can be and the one in most demand.
“Moving forward, you set the bar,” said Roberts. “Congratulations and aim high moving forward.”
Wayne County High School Principal Justin Horton congratulated the students and said he would especially miss this group because he was in the same building with them at Turner Intermediate when they were in fifth grade.
Each individual senior was proudly recognized and given a plaque and certificates for this significant accomplishment in their lives. They received a standing ovation from the audience at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Academic Hall of Fame Inductee Zach Dishman offered a student led prayer before the buffet lines were opened. Representatives from the Wayne County High School Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America served a delicious catered dinner. Wayne County JROTC cadets also assisted with the event regarding the set up and final clean-up work in support of the occasion.
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