By Richard Rourk
On Monday, May 17, 170 lives are going to change in Unicoi County. Following a year of pandemic, 170 Unicoi County High School seniors are preparing for the annual commencement ceremony.
“It’s always exciting to see all the hard work pay off for our seniors and culminate with walking across the stage,” said Unicoi County Schools Director John English. “I’m excited to see where they go from here. That’s what it’s all about.”
For the class of 2021 change is inevitable.
“Everyone has had to adapt obviously to the changes brought about from COVID,” English said. “These seniors had really two years disrupted and I know it’s been difficult for them, but at the end of the day they have handled it all exceptionally well.”
He also credits the senior class with pointing the way.
“Really the seniors were the real leaders at UCHS throughout the whole school year,” English said. “I’m really proud of them and they are certainly going to be missed. I am proud of all of our staff and students for how they have responded and handled it all.”
UCHS Principal Dr. Chris Bogart said that the commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 17, inside Gentry Stadium, weather permitting.
If the weather is uncooperative, two ceremonies will be held in the gym. The first will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the other will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Ashleigh Edwards and Miguel Vasquez will be class speakers during the ceremony.
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