Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 25, 2014

McDowell students ready for future

WELCH — Graduates of two McDowell County high schools put on traditional caps and gowns Saturday and accepted the diplomas that commemorate the next big step in their lives.

Family and friends gathered in the Mount View High School auditorium to watch the 93 graduates of the Class of 2014 accept the diplomas they had earned. The guest speaker, Maj. Stacey Mosko of the U.S. Army, is a Mount View graduate who challenged the graduates to become the best they can be, said Principal Debbie Hall.

The 2014 valedictorian was Bryan Groves, and the salutatorian was Casey Hayes. The senior sponsor, the Rev. Andrew Montgomery, who is retiring in June, is the last member of the original staff who opened the school in 1979, Hall said.

“They far exceeded my expectations on receiving college money, grants and gifts,” she said of the school’s class of 2014. One team from the county’s vo-tech school is going to Kansas City for a national competition.

“It’s like a pathway to success. They’ve started their journey, and we’re going to encourage them to continue what they’ve been doing,” Hall said of the graduates.

Across the county at River View High School, family and friends watched as the first graduates to spend all four of their high school years at the new school received their diplomas.

The River View High School class of 2014 had 102 graduates. The valedictorian was Raven Kennedy and salutatorian was Emily Crabtree. The graduates were advised to challenge themselves.

“Just keep reaching for the moon, for even if you miss, you’re still among the stars,” said Dean of Students Joseph Crouse. “This is a good class. It’s the first group we’ve had that are actually four-year raters. The rest of the classes were from the consolidation.”

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