CENTENARY — On Friday evening Gallia Academy High School graduated 146 seniors. Commencement began at 7 p.m. promptly with a welcome and address by Gallipolis City Schools Superintendent Roger Mace. Present were the administrative staff of GAHS, as well as the school board members.
Joining them on stage was the representatives of the top 10 percent of the class, four students who excelled in academics, leadership, and character. Miles Cornwell, Mesa Polcyn, Kirk Saunders, and Jared Stevens. These four addressed their fellow classmates with all discussing their time at Gallia Academy, memories made, special moments, and lessons learned. They emphasized the relationships they have made and how those friendships will “go forth” with them for the rest of their lives. Most importantly of all, they were thankful for those who have helped them thus far – parents, teachers, friends, and mentors. The importance of working together and the gladness of fellow students colored the evening.
Special honor was given to the late Nancy Vaughn. Vaughn passed away in November of 2016, and served as an English teacher and guidance counselor for 36 years.
“Nancy was a valuable member of our work family, she was an important member of the community, and served many students over the years. We miss her dearly,” Josh Donley, GAHS principal, said.
Mace had inspiring words to say to the students, including: “When the water rises, you are faced with a tough decision. You must either drown, or you must swim.”
Mace encouraged the students to not be passive in their lives, but proactive in making things happen.
“I believe that the most important aspect to a successful life is building relationships,” he explained. “Nothing can help you out as much as the people around you.”
This graduating class holds many honors and awards. Total scholarship earnings for this class exceeded $1,000,000. Many of the graduating class were members of the National Honor Society. The following is a list of the senior class of 2017 in alphabetical order. Top 10 percent is marked with an * , honors diplomas are marked with an +, and National Honor Society is marked with a -.
Andrew H. Adamson, Emily Adamson, Dondre’ M. Armstrong, Devon Ray Barnes-, Coleton Chase Bartrum, Caitlyn Bailey Beaver, Charles D. Bing, Elizabeth Emmezetta Blazer, Mitchell Bolin, Corinne Joy Boyer, Mark Allen Brown, Jr., Jeremy Ryan Brumfield, Makenzie Brook Brumfield-, Bianca Lynee Bunch, Quentin Anderson Bunch, Caitlin Courtney Caldwell, Ryleigh Noelle Caldwell*+- Colton Ryan Campbell+-, Nicholas Andrew Casey, Breanna Lea Casto, Christian Robert Tyler Casto, Cody Allen Champlin, Sydney Ray Charnock+-, Allie Jo Clagg, Debra Collins, Wesley Alan Collins+, Miles Riley Cornwell*+-, Kaleb Michael Crisenbery, Donovan M. Curry, Samantha Curry-Godwin, Emily Cheyenne Dahse, Chandler Jason Danford, Austin G. Davis, Joshua Bryant Davis*+-, Haley Nicole Donovsky, Elizabeth Rose Dyer, Kimberly A. Edelmann-, MiKayla R. Edelmann-, Braden W. England, Colton Bryce Fallon, Jacob Daniel Faro, Ethan T. S. Feeman, Grace Elizabeth Ferrell, Tanner Few, Levi Fielder, Thomas Shane Gibbs, Dalton Douglas Gilbert, Joshua Grube, Jacob A. Hall, Stacy R. Haner, Jenna Rose Hanning*+-, Kristen Michelle Hannon-, Garrett Hill, Vallery Lynn Holbrook, Sydney Paige Hood, Kody M. Houck, Joshua David Lindan Howe, Tyreke Owen Howell, Matthew Scott Howes, Thomas Eugene Humphrey, Jr., Hunter J. Jacks, Daisha Renee Jamison, Caleb Jamora, Adrienne Lee Jenkins, Allie Renee Johnson, Jordan Stone Johnson*+-, Kayla Michelle Johnson, Sierra Lynn Johnson, Breanna Jordan Justice*-, Thomas Vernon Leach.
Isaiah Don Lester+-, Shelby Nichole Long, Josie Lauren Loveday, Samuel Trent Mannon, Sabrina Marie Manygoats, Gracie Lynn Martin, Cade Alan Mason*+-, Christian Gage Matthew, Nicholas McClellan, Hannah Nichole McCormick-, Allison Mackenzie McGhee, Candace Leigh McNeal-, Charles Michael McWhorter, Jenna J. Meadows-, Olivia M. Meadows, Trent Allen Miller, Brenna Nicole Mills, Tavius Miniard, Abigail Rose Myers-, Cory M. Myers, Elizabeth Rose Myers+-, Dylan Norris Nunn*+-, Madison Nichole Oiler-, Trenton Reed Osborne, Brooke Elizabeth Pasquale, Sunny G. Patel*+, Gabriel Scott Peck, Megan Marie Phillips, Mesa Blue Polcyn*+-, Alexis N. Polinsky, Levi Dean Queen, Jacob A. Ratliff, Elizabeth Anne Rayburn, Daniel S. Reynolds, Nathanael G. Riddle, Cari A. Riffle, Warren Craig Riffle*+, Kaitlyn M. Roberts, Paxton Ann Roberts-, Garrett C. Rogers, Rachel Elizabeth Rote, Mary Beth Russell+, Trevor P. Russell, Benjamin Thomas Rutherford, Kirkland Michael Saunders*+-, W. Colt Saunders, Justus Cline Sellers, Carly Ann Shriver, McKenzie Kathleen Siders-, Shawna A. Smith, Addison Neal Stanley, Jared Ross Stevens*+-, Jenelle M. Stevens, Shane D. Stover, Garland Phoenix Swisher, Brody Max Thomas-, Darrian Abbagayle Tompkins, Bridget Michele Vanco, Joshua A. S. Viars, Abigail Elizabeth Walker*, Mikah Joe Ann Walker, Colton Reed Walters, Mary Sharon Watts*+-, Halie Welch, Cameron Rae Whitt, Natalie Grace Wilcoxon+-, Jala Hope Williams, Todd Marshall Williams, Caden Nicholas Wilt, Jonelle Alexandria Winters, Austin Lee Wolf, Abigail Ellen Wood+, Madison N. Workman, Quinton Allen Yarger, Aundrea M. Yates.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.