West Jefferson Class of 2020: Facts and photos

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(Posted May 27, 2020)

Jefferson Local Schools broadcasted a pre-recorded virtual graduation video via its website on May 22. Graduates picked up their diplomas in a drive-through arrangement on May 23.
Of the 91 students in the class, eight graduated with honors diplomas and 23 were members of National Honor Society.

The valedictorians and their post-graduation plans are: Bailey Adkins (The Ohio State University, neuroscience), Caleb Artega (The Ohio State University), and Dominic Von Frybarger (Wright State University, ROTC, nursing). The salutatorians are Alaina Hitzeman (The Ohio State University) and Calista Wallace (Navy Reserve). Isabella Rhoden won the outstanding vocational student award; she plans to go into cosmetology.

The class officers include: Brenton Robertson, president; Grace Shields, vice president; Julianna Brunicardi, secretary; Peyton Taylor, treasurer; Bailey Adkins, historian, and Alaina Hitzeman, public relations.

The class flower is the rose. The class colors are black and white. The class song is “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. The class motto is a line from the song, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw: “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.”

Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil
Brooke Simmons, West Jefferson High School yearbook advisor, takes a photo of graduate Kyle Howard holding his diploma in front of the school sign.
Many of the cars and trucks carrying seniors to West Jefferson High School’s diploma pickup ceremony were decorated with messages of congratulations and the graduates’ plans for the future.
Tabitha Hume is all smiles as she poses for her graduation picture after receiving her diploma from West Jefferson High School.
Banners featuring pictures of members of the West Jefferson High School Class of 2020 hang on the fence at Garrette Park along Fellows Avenue.
Justin Hooker poses for a photo after picking up his diploma. The drive-up ceremony took place on May 23. Each senior was given a time to appear at the high school to pick up their diplomas and awards and pose for photos.
Brooke Simmons (left), West Jefferson High School yearbook advisor, snaps a photo of Alaina Hitzeman’s decorated cap.

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