Hundreds prep for diploma season


Over the next two weekends, more than 500 high school seniors in Madison County will conclude 13 years of schooling. The schedule for awards banquets, commencements, and certification ceremonies is as follows.

Jonathan Alder

Jonathan Alder’s graduation ceremony is set for 1 p.m. June 7 in the high school’s main gymnasium.

An awards night will precede graduation at 7 p.m. June 3 in the auditeria, at which time the valedictorians, salutatorians and scholarship winners will be named.

Two new scholarships will be given out in memory of Marge Haney. Each is worth $1,100. Eligible students must pursue a college degree in education, counseling, social work, or any other field that helps youths.

The senior class officers are: C.J. Williams, president; Carson Foust, vice president; Sarah Uhrman, secretary; and Rachel Ripley, treasurer.

The class motto is: “If we cannot find the road to success, we will make one.” The class flower is a white rose. The class colors are red and black.


London’s commencement will take place at 2 p.m. June 1 in the high school auditorium. A total of 115 students are expected to take part, along with 25 from London Academy.

A senior awards banquet took place on May 22. The London Foundation Board awarded approximately $30,000 in scholarships to this year’s graduating seniors.

The class officers are: Courtney Bailey, president; Christine Eades, vice president; Molly Reese, secretary; and Brandi Wells, treasurer.

The class motto is: “Dream as if you’ll live forever…Live as if you’ll die today.” The class colors are red and silver. The class song is “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.


The Madison-Plains High School gymnasium will be packed on June 6 when 129 seniors will receive their diplomas. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

The annual scholarship and awards banquet will take place May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. All high school students who earned at least a 3.5 grade point average are invited to attend. The senior class valedictorians and salutatorians will be announced at the banquet.

Two new scholarships will be awarded this year, one in memory of longtime district employee Donna Miller and one in honor of former Madison-Plains superintendent Janice Streit, both of whom passed away this school year.

The senior class officers are: Cody Fralick, president; Lauren Sollars, vice president; Sarah Marshall, treasurer; Matt Gore, secretary; and Jonathan Francis, sergeant at arms.

The class motto is: “It’s all right to have some fun.” The flower is the yellow rose. The class colors are green and gold.

West Jefferson

West Jefferson’s Class of 2008 is a big one. Last year, 84 seniors received diplo-mas; this year, 107 will. Commencement is set for 1 p.m. May 31 on Kile Field at the high school. An awards ceremony will take place the day before at 8:30 a.m. at the school.

Nineteen students will graduate with honors. Additionally, the high school staff has selected one boy and one girl to receive citizenship awards based on their academic standing, behavior and community service. The winners will be announced at graduation.

The valedictorians have already been named; they are Patrick Allen, Chelsea Huber, Elisabeth Kocher and Brittany Ritter. The salutatorians are Katie Keckley, Emily McPherson and Heather Nance. West Jefferson’s outstanding Tolles student is Sara King.

The senior class officers are: Whitney Tipple, president; Katie Keckley, vice president; Emily McPherson, secretary; Heather Nance, treasurer; Brittany Ritter, historian; Robert Dailey, public relations; and Ashley Sanderson, Tolles representative.

The class motto is: “What lies in our past and lies in our future is nothing compared to what lies within us.”

The class colors are black and gold. The flower is the Asian lily, and the song is “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

Tolles Career & Technical Center

At 7 p.m. May 29, Tolles will hold its certification ceremony for students who have completed their program studies at the school. The event will take place in the auditorium.

Curtis Brooks of London, president of the Tolles Board of Education, will be the guest speaker.

A total of 255 seniors in 20 program have earned certification. The breakdown by home school district is as follows: Dublin (31), Fairbanks (24), Hilliard (88), Jonathan Alder (41), London (22), Madison-Plains (21), and West Jefferson (27). All Tolles seniors are members of career-technical student organizations; 27 also are members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The class officers are: president, Ian Summers, Academy of Business & Finance, Fairbanks; vice president, Jordan Grimmett, Health Science Academy, London; secretary, Taylor Rigsby, Cosmetology, Dublin Coffman; and treasurer, Brittany Myers, Health Academy, Jonathan Alder.

More than 45 percent of this year’s seniors are going on to post-secondary education and have earned a combined total of $455,582 in scholarships.

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