“It's been a long journey filled with so many memories,” said Alicia Calvert, who joined classmates Elizabeth Buck, Bridget Merry and Kayla Perry in the student addresses during Friday's GAHS graduation at Lyne Center on the campus of the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.
“We have worked so hard to make it to this moment, and this moment and others are what we will remember from senior year,” Calvert added.
Utilizing a connecting narrative in their addresses, the speakers touched on the defining moments of their final year at GAHS, when many things - assigned parking, single lockers, defeating Jackson in football for homecoming and most importantly, passing a bond issue for a new high school - became a reality.
“This is it. All of the hard work and dedication have come down to this,” said Perry. “We will never forget our experiences, and while realizing that a door is closing, another door is opening up for us.”
In recognitions prior to the awarding of diplomas to the class's 163 graduates, Principal Bruce Wilson announced ther academic key winners for 2006.
The outstanding senior in science is Ross Brubaker, while Calvert and Perry share the outstanding senior in mathematics honor. Merry was named the outstanding senior in English and Jeff Smith was chosen the outstanding senior in social studies.
Maggie Roach was named the outstanding senior in music, and the outstanding seniors in athletics are Felicia Close (female) and Shaphen Robinson (male).
Scholarships and awards have been presented to:
Kristine Bostic - Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarship ($500 per year for four years).
Kristin Brandeberry - Ohio State University Buckeye Community Scholarship ($600) and OSU Scholarship ($4,242 per year for four years).
Ross Brubaker - Ohio Wesleyan University Faculty Merit Scholarship ($60,000 total for four years) and Holzer Science Award ($300).
Elizabeth Buck - University of Rio Grande Ohio First Scholarship (full tuition $32,000 total for four years).
Alicia Calvert - URG Ohio First Scholarship, Ohio Academic Scholarship ($8,820 total for four years), Best Value Foodland Scholarship ($1,000), Maude Sellards Scholarship ($400), Gallia County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship ($500).
Brad Caudill - Golden Helmet Player of the Year ($1,000).
Felicia Close - University of Akron Track Scholarship ($32,000 total for four years).
Joe Davis - Varsity G Scholarship ($200).
Travis Dickson - OSU Buckeye Scholarship, OSU Hubert Harder Memorial Scholarship ($500).
Kaiti Dovyak - J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship ($500), URG Music Scholarship ($1,000 per year for the first two years and about $2,500 per year for the last two years).
Haley Dudley - Emancipation Proclamation Scholarship ($500).
Kenny Dyer - URG US Bank Scholarship ($675).
Joseph Esmaeili - A. Michael Perry Scholarship one quarter tuition ($7,382 total for four years).
Alex Gardner - J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship.
Bethany Godwin - Cedarville University Faculty Scholarship ($1,900 per year for four years), Cedarville University Scholarship ($1,000), Kiwanis Club Community Service College Scholarship ($200).
Amy Haffelt - Knights of Columbus Jerry Gust Memorial Scholarship ($800), M&G Polymers Scholarship ($1,000), Miami University Ohio Leader Scholarship ($6,375 per year for four years), Miami University Ohio Resident Scholarship ($4,705 per year for four years).
Nicole Haner - Varsity G Scholarship.
Matthew Hemphill - University of Charleston Football Scholarship ($8,500 per year for four years), UC Capital Scholarship ($10,500 for two years), UC Leadership Scholarship ($1,000), Gallia County Agriculture Scholarship ($500 per year for four years), Gallipolis Rotary Scholarship ($1,000), Varsity G Scholarship.
Katie Hubble - Wiseman-Roach Family 4-H Scholarship ($500).
Ricky Jackson - National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship ($250), Gallia County Pork Producers Scholarship ($500).
Krysta Jenkins - A. Michael Perry Scholarship ($500 per year for four years).
Kayla Johnson - River Recreation Queen Scholarship for URG ($1,500).
Brett Allen Jones - URG Trustees Scholarship ($9,000 total for four years), GAHS Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,000), Varsity G Scholarship.
Stephanie Kenney - West Virginia University Blue and Gold Level I Scholarship ($12,000 total for four years), WVU Academic Excellence Scholarship ($16,000 total for four years), GAHS Alumni Association Scholarship.
Alex Kyger - Kent State University Trustee Scholarship ($10,000 total for four years), Kent State Founders Book Award ($300 per year for four years).
Wally Luckeydoo - Women of the Moose Scholarship ($25), Varsity G Scholarship.
Shaun Meeks - OSU Scholarship ($4,242 per year for four years), Buckeye Community Scholarship, Vic and Mary Walker Niday 4-H Scholarship ($500 per year for four years).
Bridget Merry - Ohio University Gateway Scholarship ($1,500 per year for years), OU Thomas M. Wolfe Scholarship ($450), OU Freshman Anonymous Scholarship ($1,000), Knights of Columbus Jerry Gust Memorial Scholarship, Gallia County Vietnam Veterans Scholarship ($500).
Chris Mohr - J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship ($500), URG Trustees Scholarship ($9,000 total for four years), Utility Workers Union of America Local 296 Award ($300).
Matt Mooney - National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship.
Stefanie Musick - Chester A. Riley Partial Scholarship ($1,433).
Alicia Myers - URG Presidential Scholarship ($13,000 total for four years), Ohio Valley Bank Scholarship ($1,200).
Andy Noe - OSU Buckeye Community Scholarship, OSU Scholarship, Varsity G Scholarship.
Daniel Ours - Ohio Valley Tech Prep Scholarship ($3,200 total).
Kayla Perry - Kent State Scholarship for Excellence (estimated $1,500, renewable for four years), Kent State Honors Scholar in Residence ($1,500, renewable for four years), Kent State Honors Scholar in Residence (board $1,000, renewable for four years), Kent State Founders Book Award, Kent State Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship ($6,000, renewable for four years), Kent State Founders Scholar Program ($3,000 for four years) and Kent State Trustee Scholarship ($2,500, renewable for four years).
Lyle Richards - Gallia County Fair Board Scholarship ($500 per year for four years), Shawnee State University Academic Excellence ($20,000 total for four years).
Maggie Roach - Baldwin-Wallace Dean's Award ($6,000 per year for four years).
Shaphen Robinson - Kent State Alumni Scholarship ($1,000).
Brynn Saunders - Riverbend Veterinary Clinic 4-H Scholarship ($500), GAHS Student Council Leadership award ($500).
Justin Saunders - Ohio Wesleyan University Legacy Scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years), Varsity G Scholarship.
Kyle Shockey - University of Charleston Capital Scholarship ($42,000 total for four years).
Jeffrey Smith - Ohio Northern University Presidential Scholarship ($20,000 per year for four years).
Joshua Smith - Cedarville University Leadership Scholarship.
Ann Sojka - Indiana University Faculty Award ($28,000 total for four years).
Jackie Wamsley - Betsy Bergdoll Memorial Basketball Scholarship ($1,000).
Dustin Winters - Virginia Military Institute Full Athletic Division IAA Football Schoarship ($36,412 per year for four years).
Morgan Young - Edwin and Lola Jones Scholarship ($600 for two semesters), Gallia County Agriculture Center Scholarship ($500 per year for four years).
Members of the Class of 2006 are:
Paula Darnell Adkins, Larry Lee Angel II, Timothy Scott Angel, Brandon A. Armstrong, Kelly Ann Barnett, Joshua T. Beck, Joni Sue Bennett, Kelly A. Bonice, Eric James Boothe, Kristine LouAnn Bostic, Kristin Jae Brandeberry, Ross Hubbard Brubaker, Elizabeth Mae Buck, Whitney Nicole Burgess, Jared Dale Burnett, Joshua Clyde Burnett, Laura Claire Caldwell, Alicia Marie Calvert, Jessica Michelle Calvert, Holly Patricia Canaday, Brittany Danielle Carr, Bradley R. Caudill, Jennifer Renee Cheney, Bradley Allyn Cline, Christopher Michael Cline, Felicia Laronda Close, Jerrod Casey Corbin, Chelsea Nicole Covey, Kory Daniel Cox, Geoffrey Todd Cunningham, Jane Ashley Curry, Joseph J. Davis, Kristin R. Davis, Natasha Lillie Mae Davis, Daniel L. Day, Travis Anthony Dickson, Ashley Nicole Dotson, Kaiti Elizabeth Dovyak, Lindsey Kendra Drummond, Haley Shalece Dudley, Arthur Nathaniel Duty, Kenneth James Dyer, Devin Marie Ellis, Joseph Hossein Esmaeili, Megan Leann Ferguson, Jeffrey Scott Frasher, Daniel Aaron Fulton, Alex Keith Gardner, Logan Michael Gary, Sergio Thomas Gholston, Angela Marie Gibson, Bethany Renee Godwin, Miracle Jo Goodman, Dusten Todd Goodwin, Jillian Nicole Graham, Michelle Lynn Green, Philip L. Grimmett;
Amy Marie Haffelt, Lukas Jameson Haislop, Codie Alan Hall, Ted Andrew Hamilton, Nicole Celeste Haner, Josiah Edward Harrison, Chad Lee Helms, Matthew Lee Hemphill, Kathryn Margaret Hubble, Joanna Dawn Jackson, Ricky James Jackson, Caitlin Tawney Jenkins, Krysta Jeanelle Jenkins, Jeremy Jerome Johnson, Kayla Renee Johnson, Megan K. Johnson, Steven L. Johnson Jr., Adam Isaac Jones, Brett Allen Jones, Jimmy Jones, Krisie Jones, Nathan S. Jones, Stephanie Ann Kenney, Nichole Dawn Kingery, Vernon William Kinneman, Charles Robert Kormanik, Alexander Oren Kyger, Timothy Fritz Kyger, Justin Terry Lambert, Jessica La'Shawn Lang, Jeremy S. Lawhorn, Dustin Layne, Wally T. Luckeydoo, Jessica Nicole Marshall, Jessica Jean Masters, Laura Lee Mayse, Shaun Richard Meeks, Bridget Rochelle Merry, Steven Edward Merry, Christopher Dean Miller, Samuel Curtis Mitchell II, Christopher L. Mohr, Daryl James Montgomery, Matthew Ryan Mooney, Joshua A. Moss, Stefanie E. Musick, Alicia Renee Myers, Andrew James Noe, Jennifer Renea Northup, Daniel Easton Ours, Ginna Lou Ours, Seth Brandon Orion Parsons, Mikayla Lynn Pasquale, Kenneth Ray Patrick III, Joseph Steven Pedrick, Yvette Ann Penick, Kayla Marie Perry, Aaron Bradley Pickens, Anthony Tyler Potter;
Zachary Dale Priddy, Zachery Tyler Pugh, Ashley Quinn Ray, Lyle Shelton Richards, Margaret Anne Roach, Shaphen Lee Robinson, Andrew Braden Rose, Gregory Gene Hamilton Russell, Andrew Thomas Sanders, Brynn Ashley Saunders, Justin Keith Saunders, Randy L. Saunders, Todd L. Saunders, Sarita Renee Sheets, Kyle Adam Shockey, Brittany Lou Sibley, Jennifer L. Sibley, Kayla Jean Siders, Jennifer LeAnn Slayton, Jeffrey Lee Smith, Joshua Eugene Smith, Kassandra L. Smith, Ann Ziegler Sojka, Sierra Antoinette Spicer, Krystle B. Steger, Travus Allen Stout, Leah Marie Stover, Ashley Dakota Stroop, Courtney Danelle Swain, Randi M. Tawney, Betty Jo Taylor, Adam Lee Traylor, Kristen Elizabeth Trout, Judy LaRae VanHoose, Ryan Jobe Walter, Jacqueline Nicole Wamsley, Jerry Lee Waters II, Atwood Christine Watts, Derek Bryce Wears, Britney Nicole Welch, Chauntelle A. Williams, David Scott Williams, Jessica Mae Williams, Dustin Anthony Winters, Heather Jeanel Withee, Joseph Russell Woodyard, Morgan Audra Young.