WCHS seniors will be waltzing into a new phase of their lives Friday night when they begin to promenade into adulthood as high school graduates.
An estimated 440 seniors are prepared to swing across the stage and receive their diplomas at Nunley Stadium. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Graduation is typically a time for reflection as students do-si-do from one segment of their lives to the next. Asked her favorite part of high school, senior Savannah Parsons was in a joking mood when she said, “leaving.”
Parsons added, “I will really miss Color Guard. We spent so much time together, those girls are like my second family.”
Senior Sawyer Hall says he will miss his time with the Pioneer Pride Marching Band where he was a member of the drum line.
“Walking the football team into the stadium before games is a great memory,” said Hall. “It was one of the really fun parts of being in band. It was always a good feeling.”
With their high school careers in the past, seniors are focusing on their next step. Hall says he will attend Tennessee Tech in the fall to study electrical engineering.
“I’m thinking about aerospace if I like it,” said Hall of a future career.
Lexi Vance says she’s headed to Motlow for the first two years of her post-secondary education. She hopes to become a pediatric nutritionist.
“I love working with children and I love food,” said Vance. “So I figured I would combine two of my favorite things.”
J.D. Keele plans to attend ETSU, although he’s not sure about a career path.
“Right now I’m going to major in being a freshman,” Keele said.
A member of the Pioneer soccer team in high school, Keele said he’s going to test the waters to see if he can make the ETSU soccer team as a walk-on.
Parsons is also headed to ETSU in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner.
“I’d like to work at a general practice,” she said. “That way I get a little of everything.”