M iddle School and High School Principal Kelly McHugh has been able to see the Whitehall class of 2014 grow right in front of her eyes, from seventh graders to soon-to-be graduates.
The 47 person class will be the 130th group to graduate from Whitehall, on Friday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
“I would call them an eclectic bunch, with very diverse interests.” McHugh said of this year’s graduates.
McHugh explained that due to the location of graduation it is not open to the public, but that each student will receive a quota of tickets for their family and can request more if need be.
This year’s graduation has plenty in store for the soon to be Railroader alums. All of the ordinary graduation rituals and practices will be in place, between speeches and scholarship giveaways.
After the ritual beginnings, such as the advancement of colors and processional, “Pomp & Circumstance,” the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, the speeches will come courtesy of a vast array of Railroaders and former Railroaders alike.
McHugh will make her welcome address, followed by the salutatory address by salutatorian Seth Peets.
After the two opening speeches McHugh will recognize the top ten for this year’s class, which in order from first to tenth are Ryan St. Clair, Seth Peets, Mackenzie Fironi, Brandon Steves, Malia DeLorme, Rachel Aubin, Samantha Baldwin, Taryn Tracy and Ashley Davis.
Once McHugh honors the top ten, the senior members of the school’s musical programs will have their senior musical presentation. The presentation will be followed by McHugh and Superintendent Elizabeth LeGault taking the stage for the award ceremony.
“Every year during the award ceremony we give away thousands of dollars,” McHugh said, “And most of that money comes from local people.”
Following the awarding of thousands of dollars, valedictorian Ryan St. Clair will take the stage for his valedictory address, with only one other speech remaining.
Whitehall alumni Steve Mastrovich will be making both a generous donation toward the awards ceremony and a speech regarding growing up in Whitehall.
After the speeches all come to an end, Board of Education President Virginia Rivette will present each individual in the class of 2014 with their diploma, followed by the senior class officers Madison Winters, Cariana Jones, Ryan St. Clair and Mackenzie Fiorini leading the Turning of the Tassels.
The recessional will conclude the event and these 47 students will officially be able to call themselves high schools graduates and move on to the next chapter of their respective lives.
“This is my favorite day of the year, because it truly is an intimate setting, the parents and teachers are all there,” McHugh said, “It’s great to see the different path in life that each individual student takes.”