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COMMENCEMENT

Tucker County High School graduates 70 seniors

Submitted photos Tucker County High School’s Emma Wamsley laughs with her classmates as they celebrate graduating.

HAMBLETON — Seventy seniors graduated Tucker County High School during the 2021 commencement ceremonies at the school.

Instead of toting a backpack full of books, the students carried just their diplomas as they bid farewell to their school, teachers and classmates.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field, but because of rainy weather the event was moved to the high school gymnasium and attendees were limited to just parents, grandparents and household members.

The ceremony featured speeches from Class President Gracie Rapp, Valedictorian Karlee Smith and Co-Salutatorians Averie Bunnell and Karley Kyle. A chair was set aside and there was a special presentation made to Mindy Persutti in memory of her son Seth Owens, a classmate who passed away while the 2021 class was in middle school.

Vice Principal William Shahan led the ceremony and the seniors’ names were read by Tucker County teachers Christina Dotson and Alex Cork. Tucker County Board members Jessica Wamsley, Chopper Evans, Timothy Turner and Kathy Hebb handed the diplomas to the students.

A group of 2021 graduates from Tucker County High School celebrate by throwing their caps in the air and shooting silly string.

Superintendent Alicia Lambert pronounced the students as graduates at the end of the ceremony, and senior Lindsey Hull sang Taylor Swift’s song “Long Live.” The seniors each received a gift of a candy apple from Macy’s Gourmet Apples and a can of silly string, which they used to celebrate with after being pronounced as graduates.

Top 10 graduates include: Karlee Elizabeth Smith, Averie Brynn Bunnell, Karley Brooke Kyle, Alaira Elise Hudson, Lindsey Marie Hull, Emma Beret Wamsley, Emma Jo Hockman, Kyleigh Elizabeth Barrett, Gracie Jo Rapp and Samantha Marie Chambers.

The rest of the 2021 class includes: Kevin Mitchell Barb, Matthew Mitchell Baxley, Samuel Isaac Bennett, Wyatt Thomas Betler, Morghan Paige Black, Elizabeth Belle Bolinger, Sheyenne Rylan Jane Brickles, Addison Jo Buckley, Johnathan Michael Bush, Danielle Katherin Calcamp, Breanna Renee Carr, Ethan Michael Carr, Zack Cayden Colebank; Dakota Alan Collett, Blake Andrew Corbitt, Kaylyn Willow Crossland, Alyssa Jordan Cutter, Hunter Shane Elza, Alexis Autumn Evers, Caitlyn Paige Eye, Gracie Rose Filler, Caleb Brant Flanagan, Chase Wesley Fridley, Shelby Elizabeth Gooden, Liam Coner Greenlief, Maria Dawn Hess, Jessica Dawn Hollobaugh, Mara Lea Howell, Laurel Aiden Inglese, Madison Mackinsey Lantz-Johnson, Xander Michael Jolly, Morgan Paige Key, Trey Ellis Key, Autumn Jenee Knotts, Alena Grace Lambruno, Eli Anthony Lawrence, Eric Peyton Lawrence, Jeremy Robert Liller, Tanner Ashton Long, Taylor Marcus Long, Alex Matthew Mason, Alexis Marie McCloud, Jason Woodrow McGee, Tate Richard Mullenax, Augustus McCray Mullenax, Katelyn Michelle Myers, Haden Seth Nestor, Kandace Abigail Nestor, Zoe Grace Nestor, Sadie Valzette Palmer, Christina Cheyenne Parks, Trevor Joseph Phillips, Bode Lewis Shockley, Esther Emily Simmons, Sidney Catherine Simmons, Elaina Rae Smallwood, Ethan Kylen Stanley, Abigail Lee Trader, Evan Mark Warner, Madison Hunter Watts and Eliseo Abrahan Wotring.

Rachel Friend and Sadie Palmer were part of the 2021 class but did not participate in the ceremony.

Karlee Smith

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