Class of 2014’s 1,671 seniors to march Friday

Vals and sals — (Front, L-R) Fayette County High School Valedictorian Menaka Reddy; Salutatorian Casey Patterson; McIntosh High School Salutatorian Sue Liang;  MHS Valedictorian Jacob Wilson. (C) Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Savannah Eichhorn; Salutatorian Sarah Estrada; McIntosh Salutatorian Airyn Nash. (Top) Whitewater High School Valedictorian Bonnie Hester; Salutatorian Austin Dill; Starr’s Mill High School Valedictorian Vivian Nguyen; Salutatorian Julia Oden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School System’s Class of 2014 will be front and center for graduation ceremonies at the county’s five high schools Friday night.

Once they toss their hats in the air, more than 91 percent of all graduating seniors plan to go to either college or tech schools, according to figures supplied by the school system. Many of them will go on to post-secondary classes using part of the nearly $25 million in scholarship money awarded to students at the five high schools.

At right, meet the valedictorians and salutatorians from Fayette County high schools. Pictured from left, front row, are Fayette County High School Valedictorian Menaka Reddy and Salutatorian Casey Patterson, McIntosh High School Sue Liang and McIntosh Valedictorian Jacob Wilson; center row, Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Savannah Eichhorn and Salutatorian Sarah Estrada and McIntosh Salutatorian Airyn Nash; top row, Whitewater High School Valedictorian Bonnie Hester and Salutatorian Austin Dill and Starr’s Mill High School Valedictorian Vivian Nguyen and Salutatorian Julia Oden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Graduation ceremonies at Fayette County High School will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Tiger Stadium. Inclement weather will have graduation held on May 24 at 10 a.m. in the stadium.

The FCHS graduating class includes 283 students, of which 91 percent plan to enroll in post-secondary education. Of those 79 percent plan to attend a four-year school while 21 percent plan to attend a two-year school.

FCHS students were awarded $1,661,816 in scholarship money, excluding the HOPE scholarship, according to the school system.

Graduation ceremonies at Starr’s Mill High School will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Panther Stadium. Inclement weather plans call for graduation to be held in the stadium on May 24 at 10 a.m. unless storms and lightning are present. In that case the ceremony will be held in the gym with a limit of four tickets per graduate.

The SMHS graduating class includes 389 students. Of those, 369 are planning to enroll in a four-year school, a two-year school or a technical school.

SMHS students were awarded approximately $7.5 million in scholarship money, excluding the HOPE scholarship.

Graduation ceremonies at McIntosh High School will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at the stadium. Inclement weather will have graduation held at the same location on May 24 at 10 a.m.

The MHS graduating class includes 387 students, with 95 percent planning to enroll in post-secondary schools.

MHS students were awarded $4 million in scholarship money, excluding the HOPE scholarship.

Graduation ceremonies at Sandy Creek High School will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at the Battlefield stadium. Inclement weather will have graduation held on May 24 at 9 a.m. in the stadium.

The SCHS graduating class includes 273 students, with 93 percent planning to enroll in a post-secondary school.

SCHS students were awarded $7.2 million in scholarship money, excluding the HOPE scholarship.

Graduation ceremonies at Whitewater High School will be held at 7 p.m. on May 23 at the school’s stadium. Inclement weather will have graduation held in the stadium at 10 a.m. on May 24.

The WHS graduating class includes 339 students, of which 92 percent are planning to enroll in a post-secondary school.

WHS students were awarded $4.5 million in scholarship money, excluding the HOPE scholarship.

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This is a lot of jobs. Here is where everyone should have razor sharp focus for the future of this county (or any county).

Look at what our schools are generating for a work force. Look to 2-8 years from now, when many will have their advanced degrees. Multiply this annually and some expert with another degree forecast the retirement trend here and we can all pretty much see what the task is at hand to create a live, work, play county. All ages, differing job skills, varied education levels.

Then, existing leadership who will encourage those bright, smiling faces above to stay here, go to advanced schooling/training here, work here, have families here, grow old here and contribute to this place we call home.

Sounds so simple, I wish it was so. Every year I am bowled over by the promise of these new generations coming along. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and to their parents.

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