Commencement offers a new beginning - and for the 14 young men and women who graduated from Harman School Thursday, high school graduation marks the beginning of the rest of their lives.
Co-Valedictorians Trevor Johnson and Layla Teter, and Salutatorian Celena Mallow each thanked their parents, families, teachers and friends for helping them attain this milestone. Each student wore a pink ribbon in honor of their past advisor, Kathy Madden, who lost her battle with cancer in March of this year.
Whitmer resident Belinda White sang "The Climb" during the ceremony.
Seven Harman students received the Highland Scholarship and plan to attend Davis & Elkins College. Rocky Vannoy, representing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office, awarded PROMISE Scholarships to Trevor Johnson, Layla Teter and Celena Mallow.
Harman Principal Tammie Daniels presented the 2013 graduates to Randolph County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Pam Hewitt.
Hewitt presented diplomas to graduates including Alexander Jared Armentrout, Trackie Shane Cooper, Trevor Matthew Johnson, Marie Elizabeth Johnston, Tashia Marie Lambert, Celena DeAnn Mallow, Lincoln Joseph McCauley, Chloe Rae O'Neill, Kevin William Alfred Pratt, Layla Rae Teter, Mackala Ann Teter, Dylan Dwyer Vance, Kimyona Patrice Warren and Zackery Lee White.