There’s a nationwide shortage of baby formula. Computer chips too.
But there won’t be supply chain issues Friday night when it comes to diplomas as 330 seniors are expected to walk the stage and receive their degrees during Warren County High School graduation at Nunley Stadium.
Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Graduates say they’re ready to embrace the next chapter in their lives.
“I might miss high school when I’m 40, but I won’t miss it now,” said senior Marli McBride.
Added senior Curtlan George, “I hated every minute of it, but I know I’m going to miss it.”
As a parting gift, seniors orchestrated one last prank Sunday at WCHS. Getting a teacher to let them into the building, the seniors were in the process of filling the halls with balloons, silly string and other items when they were stone-cold busted.
“It was fun while we were making a mess, but then we had to clean it all up,” said senior Mea Starkey.
The seniors said officers blocked the parking lot exits to prevent anyone from leaving then threatened criminal charges, which thankfully didn’t materialize.
The seniors said making their firstplace homecoming float is one lasting memory.
“We had a motorcycle that shot fire out the back so it was pretty strong,” said senior True Craven.
Project Graduation will be the first stop after graduation. It’s an all-night party held at The Detention in Morrison. After that, the senior beach trip awaits.
“I’m ready for a little vaca,” said Curtlan. Sports and the social aspect of high school will be missed, but not necessarily the school work. Lexie Thomas says she’d like to become a dental hygienist, while Marli said she plans to attend UT-Knoxville in hopes of becoming a nurse.
To help ease what’s expected to be a tight parking situation on the WCMS campus due to construction, shuttle buses will be leaving from Bobby Ray Elementary and West Elementary beginning at 5 p.m. Friday night.
In the event rain postpones graduation, the backup plan is to hold the ceremony Saturday at 5 p.m. at Nunley Stadium with students arriving at 4 p.m. for lineup.
Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows said Thursday afternoon that he is encouraged by a weather forecast that is not calling for rain Friday night. He said a decision would be made Friday around noon if it looks like graduation might need to be postponed.