Heyyyy! Take a seat by the jukebox and say, “Goodbye gray skies, hello blue.”
There are 435 WCHS seniors set to walk the stage and graduate tonight. “Happy Days” have arrived.
Despite the widespread popularity of the TV show “Happy Days” in the 1970s, tonight’s graduates don’t know much about it. Several of them laughed at the fact one episode ended with The Fonz in midair trying to jump trash cans with his motorcycle. Viewers had to wait a week to discover what happened.
“Nowadays we binge watch everything on Netflix,” said senior Liam Brock. “There is no waiting.”
Seniors say they’re anxious to put an exclamation point on high school and open the next chapter of their lives. When asked if he would miss high school, senior Jack Davidson said, “Not anytime soon.”
Davidson has lofty goals as he plans to attend UT-Knoxville and major in pre-medicine. He says he’d like to become an orthopedic surgeon, although he’s never broken a bone.
Senior Madeline Haston says her summer plans involve a trip to Bonnaroo and plenty of relaxation before attending Belmont University in August. She plans to major in mass communications and dismissed the idea she will build a media empire like Oprah.
Brock will be in school just down the boulevard at Lipscomb University. He says he plans to attend Project Graduation at the Civic Center tonight and hopes to win a mini fridge for his dorm room.
“After Project Graduation, it will be the senior trip in Panama City,” said Brock. “We’re leaving Saturday at noon.”
Senior Alexis Crouch says her next educational stop is Motlow College. She wants to earn a degree in speech pathology and work with children in the school system.
As for possible pranks during the graduation ceremony at Nunley Stadium, the seniors opted to take the Fifth Amendment. Graduation is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and no rain is in the forecast for the outdoor ceremony.
In addition to 435 graduates walking the stage, valedictorian Ella Hale and salutatorians Raylee Pack and Samantha Bratcher are scheduled to give speeches.