WVHS graduation will include 344

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 5/16/18

Walker Valley High School will be awarding diplomas to 344 graduates during its graduation ceremony Thursday. The ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. on the WVHS football field. In the event of rain, …

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Walker Valley High School will be awarding diplomas to 344 graduates during its graduation ceremony Thursday. 

The ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. on the WVHS football field. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the school's gym. 

This year’s seniors are not only being celebrated because they have made it to graduation, but because many have done so with high academic achievement. 

School counselor Richard Jackson said 235 graduates have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 44 of those are graduating with a 4.0. 

The average ACT exam score among this year’s graduates was 22.06, which is higher than last year’s state average. Thirty of this year’s seniors scored 30 or higher out of a possible 36. 

In addition, 105 seniors have been awarded college or university scholarships — not including Tennessee Hope or Tennessee Promise scholarships. 

This year’s valedictorian is Hannah Scarbrough. The 18-year-old senior is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and an ACT score of 33. 

Scarbrough plans to attend East Tennessee State University this fall and is also looking at attending graduate school later. She said her career goals are to become a pediatric speech therapist and perhaps own her business one day. 

She has been involved with the WVHS marching band (head drum major), concert band (principal clarinet player), Future Business Leaders of America (president), Mu Alpha Theta (vice president), Beta Club, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Key Club, Anchor Club, Oceanography Club, speech and debate team, MBA Leadership Team, Circle of Champions (gold level) and school musicals. 

Scarbrough is the daughter of Rodney and Molly Scarbrough and listed them among those who have helped her achieve what she has so far. 

“I worked hard to get to where I am today, but it would not have been possible without the support and encouragement I received from my family, teachers and peers,” said Scarbrough. 

Joelee Fugate has been named this year’s salutatorian. The 18-year-old daughter of Richard and Sonja Fugate will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and an ACT score of 34. 

Fugate plans to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville this fall to study civil engineering. She said she hopes “to be a structural engineer one day and maybe even become an Imagineer at Disney World.” 

“It was worth all of the long nights and stressful classes to be where I am today,” Fugate said of her achievements so far. 

During her high school career, she was involved with Walker Valley’s tennis team, STEM Leadership Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, National Honor Society and Beta Club. 

Scarbrough, Fugate and other high-achieving graduates were honored during Senior Night on Tuesday. Baccalaureate takes place tonight at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. 


Inset Quote:

“I worked hard to get to where I am today, but it would not have been possible without the support and encouragement I received from my family, teachers and peers." — Hannah Scarbrough

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