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Clarksburg Graduates 17 in Friday Commencement

Posted 5/29/19

CLARKSBURG (May 10) — Clarksburg High School graduated 17 seniors during a commencement ceremony Friday evening in the gymnasium.Following the processional to “Pomp and …

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Clarksburg Graduates 17 in Friday Commencement

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CLARKSBURG (May 10) — Clarksburg High School graduated 17 seniors during a commencement ceremony Friday evening in the gymnasium.

Following the processional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” Principal Lori Leasure welcomed all and congratulated the soon-to-be graduates.

Next, a video was shown featuring photos of each senior. The senior class song, “Memories are Made of” by Luke Combs was then played.

Class Historian Sydney Segraves delivered her speech, beginning with a quote from author John Green, “One day, you are 17 and planning for someday, and then, quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” She elaborated, “This time last year, I was dreaming about and planning for high school graduation. And just like that, the day is here. Classmates, this is our life.”

Segraves concluded, “Tonight marks the beginning of our ‘someday.’ It’s scary because we do not know what the future might hold. Some of us will go to work and some of us will go to school. We will all have to find our place in this life.”

Next, salutatorian Riley Carden spoke, opening with a quote from Rocky Balboa, “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Carden continued, “Tonight, the seniors of 2019 will begin a new stage in their lives. Life will bring many new challenges and new adventures. Many of us will leave the familiar safety of homes to start our own new personal journey. This journey will be filled with adventure, sadness, laughter, tough times and happiness. So, remember, when life knocks you down, rise up and meet the challenge.”

Principal Leasure then noted that Valedictorian Amber Shepherd would not be delivering an address due to “circumstances beyond her control” and asked those in attendance to keep Shepherd and her family in their thoughts.

Numerous awards and scholarships were then presented and it was noted by Director of Schools Dr. Tim Tucker that the 17 seniors had received a total of over $246,000 in scholarship offers.

Each senior came forward and was presented a diploma by Principal Leasure and Board of Education Chairman Corey Bartholomew.

Then, a abundance of roses were handed out by the graduating class to parents, teachers and other loved ones.

The class was joined by the audience in singing the Alma Mater, then the ceremony ended with the new alumni throwing their mortarboards proudly into the air.

Clarksburg High School Class of 2019 graduates were: Jordan Paige Aubuchon, Gail Renea Beckham, Bryck Alan Lee Bridegan, Riley Grae Carden, Mathew John Evans, Aleah Danielle Gant, Jessica Lily Jones, Robert Abraham Lindsey, Emily Anna Moore, Nathan Michael Reed, Sydney Paige Segraves, Amber Mae Shepherd, Rebecca Ann Swinford, Macy Jo Ward, Austin Keith West, Shy’Ann Amari Williams and Eryka Marlana Yewell.

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