By Dan King
Forty-seven Railroaders are getting ready to join the college ranks, the military and the workforce.
Whitehall High School will host its graduation ceremony tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
“It should be a great event,” said interim Principal Mark Doody.
The students that make up this year’s Top Ten have a variety of career plans, including sports trainers, engineers, veterinarians, photographers and lawyers.
The group is predominately female, at a ratio of 8-2. Haley Wiskoski is the valedictorian, and Abby Dickinson is the salutatorian. The remainder of the Top 10 are Allison Truttling, Beoncia Chaplin, Grace Alexander, Betsy Molgano, Breanna Martell, Conner Lavoie, Tyler Thomas and Courtney Rozell.
This is the first and only senior class at Whitehall for Doody, who came into a tumultuous situation, and he said he’s grown very fond of all of the graduates.
“There’s some really special kids in this class,” Doody said. “When I came into this school, they were the first students I met with and they accepted me.”
Doody lauded the group for their leadership and perseverance.
“I’ve always relied on seniors to set the tone for the school year,” he said. “I told them I was going to rely on them and they’ve done a great job. They’ve excelled academically, and they are very strong athletically and musically.”
During his year at Whitehall, Doody said he thoroughly enjoyed getting to know not only this class, but all of the students. He frequently attended their extracurricular events.
Tomorrow night’s ceremony will include speeches from Wiskoski and Dickinson, the awarding of scholarships and a performance from the seniors in the school’s music department. Doody said the class chose to not have any guest speakers.

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