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Seniors set for super night
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James Clark photo, Seth Wright photo illustration Pictured from left: Caden Brownyard, Shawn Woodlee, Maddie Merriman, Allison Cripps

WCHS seniors will be armed with the superpower of a high school diploma after Friday night’s graduation ceremony at Nunley Stadium.
Seating is expected to be at full capacity as 405 seniors walk the stage to receive their degrees.

The class of 2018 won’t have a mission as weighty as saving the world, but graduates are sure to encounter the forces of good and evil as a hulking journey awaits. There will be kryptonite along the way and villains lurking, but these challenges will help graduates learn their true identity.

For WCHS student body president Allison Cripps, it will be up, up and away. Her immediate plans after high school are to attend Air Force basic training with the goal of becoming a pilot.

“My dad always enjoyed it so I figured I would too,” said Allison of her father, Jason Cripps, who has served as a military and commercial pilot.

Shawn Woodlee and Maddie Merriman say they plan to attend Chattanooga State in the fall. In college, there will be one significant change for Shawn, who has played football his entire life.

“I’ll be hanging up my cleats,” he said.

Caden Brownyard said Popsicle Fridays were one of his favorite parts of high school. He says he will miss his friends and is glad for the memories they share.

“I’d do it all over again if I could,” said Caden.

Cripps will deliver a speech during the graduation ceremony. Asked if she knows of any surprises that will take place during graduation, Allison said, “I think Shawn is going to crowd surf.”

Shawn replied, “Don’t say that or I’ll have to do it.”