By Jilly Penley
The 2018 Johnson County High School graduating class, which racked up an impressive showing of scholarships and academic performance,
took the spotlight on Saturday morning, May 19,
“The Class of 2018 has given us so many reasons to be proud,” said JCHS Principal Lisa Arnold in her opening remarks. “They have given many valuable things to JCHS that we will never forget, but to me the most valuable thing this class has offered us is individuality.”
Arnold went on to say although this class stands strong as a group, she has high expectations for them individually. Maelea Gaylon, JCHS Assistant Principal, presented a beautiful vocal performance of Seasons of Love before Principal Arnold introduced the 2018 Class Valedictorian Abigail Smith.
“It seems as if there has always been something special about our class,” remarked Smith. “Over the years, I have heard many teachers and school administrators comment that they were impressed by all that our class has had to offer. This year, our final year has most certainly proved that point.” Smith provided some
examples including the football team’s undefeated season, the most ever in attendance at Heritage Hall for the high school theatre group’s production of The Adams Family, and the JCHS Class of 2018 saw a record number of students receive Presidential Academic Excellence Award.
“After today, I hope we will all get down to the business of preparing for what lies ahead,” said Smith in her address to the class. “You have already succeeded, and you can do it again. So, congratulations, today is your day. Now get on your way.”
Abigail Arnett and Josie Ward, both of graduating class, performed an acoustic version of The Time of Your Life just before Dr. Mischelle Simcox challenged the graduates before officially pronouncing them graduates of Johnson County High School. Dr. Stephen Long, Johnson County Schools Secondary Supervisor, and GEAR UP Collaborative Project Director, individually announced the name of each of the 161 graduates as they accepted their diplomas from school board members and administrators.
Andrew Robinson, a senior student council member, led the class in the traditional turning of the tassels before applause roared throughout the Ray S. Shoun Memorial Gymnasium one last time for this batch of seniors, who achieved so much over four years and now enter the world as JCHS graduates.