SCHS Class of 2019 commences as the 50th graduating class
The Switzerland County High School Class of 2019 held its graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 25th, in the high school gymnasium, as 95 members of the 2019 officially became alumni.
This was the 50th graduating class of Switzerland County High School, as Vevay High School and Patriot High School merged into Switzerland County High School beginning with the graduating class of 1969.
This year’s graduation began with Principal David Todd greeting the audience; and that was followed by head ushers Allison Furnish and Allison Detmer presenting the flags. Graduates then entered as the band played the tradional ‘Pomp and Circumstance’; and the National Anthem was performed by the senior members of the Switzerland County High School choir.
Sierra Hamilton, Treasurer of the Class of 2019, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance; and then Class President Ariel Oeffinger welcomed everyone. Class Vice President Sydney Thomas introduce honored guests and her fellow class officers.
Calleigh Powell, Senior Class Committee member, introduced Mike Jones, Pastor of Patriot Baptist Church, former superintendent of schools, and this year’s Baccalaureate speaker. Following his remarks, Senior Class Secretary Leah Anders gave a prayer of invocation.
National Honor Society sponsor Valerie Smith introduced the members of the National Honor Society; and Principal Todd recognized those graduates who had earned Academic/Technical honors. Director of Guidance Marla Edwards introduced this year’s “Top Ten” members of the graduating class; and also recognized the school’s record number of students who had earned associate’s degrees while still in high school; and also those members of the class who have enlisted in the military.
Class Valedictorian Garrett Demaree was introduced by teacher Peggy Higgins, and his address reflected on the journey that he and his fellow classmates had gone along on their path to graduation day.
Following Demaree’s remarks, teacher Barry Smith then introduced Class Salutatorian Leah Anders.
Principal Todd and School Superintendent Rod Hite presented the class, and diplomas were conferred.
Senior class President Ariel Oeffinger wrapped up the ceremony by offering the benediction, and then led her fellow classmates in the traditional turning of the tassels.
That was followed by the recessional played by the band; and the new graduates marched from the gym and onto the front patio area, where they were greeted by family and friends.