WHS graduates Class of ’16


Nine to join military, others off to colleges, jobs

By Diana Miller - For The News Journal



The Senior Choir sings “You’ll Be In My Heart” at the 143rd Wilmington High School commencement exercises on Friday evening.


Wilmington High School graduating seniors await the commencement processional. The three students in the foreground are, from left, Class of 2016 President Ryan Oates reviewing and practicing his speech, Allie Garnei and Bryah Arehart.


Two lines of students file in during “Pomp and Circumstance-March No. 1” for the processional at the WHS commencement.


The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew R. Spradlin (standing at right with back to camera), presented the processional, the recessional, and “They Shall Run and Be Free” for the commencement ceremony.


WILMINGTON — Members of Wilmington High School’s class of 2016 can now call themselves graduates. It became official Friday evening as tassels were turned and graduation caps sailed through the air celebrating the Hurricane journey that prepared WHS’ most recent alumni for the future.

After a whirlwind of sporting events, school dances, snow days, music concerts, homework and final exams, Wilmington High School seniors received their diplomas, shook hands with High School Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart and set off to make their mark in the world.

“The Class of 2016 provided great leadership,” said McCarty-Stewart. “This group of graduates consisted of many creative thinkers and problem solvers. They demonstrated Hurricane Pride in their academics, sports, activities and community service. They will forever be remembered for their contributions to Wilmington.”

WHS Class of 2016 has much to celebrate as they look to the future. They have individually and collectively made an impact in the lives of those around them. They leave behind a legacy of social, civic and academic contributions that has made the City of Wilmington a better place to call home.

Students graduating with Highest Honor include Drezden Beam, Megan Borton, Allister Brausch, Gethsemane Bray, Austin Carey, Jason Cochran, Jennifer Cochran, Mai Cooper, Lillian Hebb, Matthew Keiter, Alyssa Lewis, Alec Manser, Alexander Miller, Nicholas Morris, Ryan Oates, Ty Snarr and Isabella Thomas.

Students graduating with High Honor include Bryant Bergefurd, Allison Brooks, Emma Cline, Andrew Davis, Delores Hensley, Ashlynn Hickey, Josiah Keiter, Sawyer Kratzer, Morgan Marshall, Cherokee McClaskie, Brady McCune, Sydni McGee, Kyerston Miller, Taizia Nagle, Erik Powell and Petrina Reynolds.

Students graduating with Honor include Kelsi Bair, Caleb Beck, Alyssa Boothe, Matthew Creditt, Sara Green, Savannah Herald, JeTaysia Johns, Joshua Jones, Brooklyn Keaton, Kylie Miracle, Delaney Roberts, Hannah Satchwell, Erin Stroebel and Lindsey Washburn.

While some graduates will transition directly into the workforce, others will continue with post-secondary studies, and still others will pursue careers in the military.

WCS is honored that Nathaniel Dalton, Marlyn Frisco, Adam Germann, Zachary Griffith, Austin Jones, Brandon Kirby, Chase Pollard, Kaleb Washburn and Spencer Wilson have chosen to serve in the military, and thanks them for their commitment to our country and its citizens.

Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.

The Senior Choir sings “You’ll Be In My Heart” at the 143rd Wilmington High School commencement exercises on Friday evening.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_WHS_choir1.jpgThe Senior Choir sings “You’ll Be In My Heart” at the 143rd Wilmington High School commencement exercises on Friday evening.

Wilmington High School graduating seniors await the commencement processional. The three students in the foreground are, from left, Class of 2016 President Ryan Oates reviewing and practicing his speech, Allie Garnei and Bryah Arehart.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_front_p_f.jpgWilmington High School graduating seniors await the commencement processional. The three students in the foreground are, from left, Class of 2016 President Ryan Oates reviewing and practicing his speech, Allie Garnei and Bryah Arehart.

Two lines of students file in during “Pomp and Circumstance-March No. 1” for the processional at the WHS commencement.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_filing_in_p_f.jpgTwo lines of students file in during “Pomp and Circumstance-March No. 1” for the processional at the WHS commencement.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew R. Spradlin (standing at right with back to camera), presented the processional, the recessional, and “They Shall Run and Be Free” for the commencement ceremony.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_WHS_band2.jpgThe Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew R. Spradlin (standing at right with back to camera), presented the processional, the recessional, and “They Shall Run and Be Free” for the commencement ceremony.
Nine to join military, others off to colleges, jobs

By Diana Miller

For The News Journal

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