Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 6, 2008

Goodbye Indians

POCAHONTAS, Va. — A century of educational excellence at Pocahontas High School may have concluded Friday.

For the 99th — and perhaps, final — time PHS held commencement as 28 seniors accepted diplomas in Gaza Kovach Auditorium from Principal Christopher Stacy.

The coal field capital school opened in 1908.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” Stacy told a capacity crowd come to celebrate the seniors and bid a fond farewell to the historic school, following a spirited community campaign in recent months to keep PHS open.

Valedictorian Dakota Wayne Thomas outlined not only the past years the classmates have spent together but also encouraged them to realize their dedication and determination will help to make future dreams come true.

Salutatorian Julie Ann Fitzgerald recounted the highlights of the Class of 2008 from kindergarten through the final, emotional year of Pocahontas High School which has been the center of so much of their lives in recent years.

Members of the graduating class also included Brittany Atwell, Phillip Bowman, Kayla Creasy, Dustin Davis, Jessica French, Arrianna Green, Miles Hagy, Samantha Hale, Kayla Harless, Blaine Hill, Matthew Hunt, Keshia Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Matthew Kennedy, Michelle McPeak, Dustin Milam, Chad Noel, Justin Pennington, Jami Rose, Justin Rose, Jay Scheffler, David Sheppard, Karrie Shupe, Brittany Thomas, and Heather Woodall.

Class officers included president Jessica French, vice president Justin Rose, secretary Keisha Johnson, treasurer Arianna Green. Marshals and members of the Class of 2009 included Morgan Brittany Cornett, Miranda Leigh Ann Grose, Eugene Gratton Hilton, and Brandon James Pauley. Noel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Stacy recognized the Tazewell County Career & Technical Center graduates and the honor graduates.

Counselor James S. Smith presented the Class of 2008 and Stacy presented the diplomas.

Shupe made closing remarks to her graduating class.

Accompanist Veronica Daugherty provided music for the Prelude, Processional, and Recessional. Mrs. Gilla Bradshaw and Mr. Gary Denton were class sponsors.

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