Frontier grads cheer milestone

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times On Friday, the 2019 Frontier High School graduating class enters the Hank Morus Gymnasium for the last time as students.

NEW MATAMORAS–As the sun set over Frontier High School Friday evening, the school’s 2019 graduating class stepped into a new chapter in their lives.

Before the graduation ceremony, the class of 52 seniors led by valedictorian Sophia Brown and salutatorian Abigail Eddy, anxiously awaited the diploma they had been working to obtain for the last 13 years.

Graduate Devin Burton said he was thankful and appreciative of graduating from the school he only attended for the last two years.

“It’s a relief, a big relief,” he said. “The atmosphere at the school is amazing…everyone treats you like family.”

Burton said he will be attending Clark State Community College near Dayton this fall to study cyber security. He said he hopes to grow beyond the biggest problem that he thinks most students face in high school.

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times The 2019 Frontier High School senior class patiently waits Friday in the school's gymnasium to receive their diplomas.

“The drama…it can really overwhelm you,” he said.

Burton’s graduating classmate, Kristen Winstanley, said she couldn’t believe she was finally receiving her diploma.

“It feels great. The 13 years just flew by,” she said. “I won’t miss the homework, but I will miss the tight-knit community we come from.”

Mary Hayes did part of her schooling at the Washington County Career Center studying cosmetology, and was able to replace schooling with on-the-job training.

“I haven’t had to go to school the last month because I’ve already been working,” she said.

She said there was one thing in particular she wishes would continue after high school.

“I wish I could keep seeing my best friend everyday, but I’m ready to start my life…and begin doing all the adult stuff,” she said.

Hundreds of friends and family gathered in the Hank Morus Gymnasium at Frontier High School in order to celebrate the significant milestone in their loved one’s life.

Bobbie Carver, of Mannington, W.Va., was there to watch her granddaughter, Megan Payne, graduate.

“It makes me feel really old,” she joked. “I’m very, very excited about this. She’s been working hard to get this done.”

Linsley Myers, 23, of New Matamoras, was attending in order to watch her sister Allison graduate.

“It’s heartwarming. I’m very proud of her. It’s a big accomplishment,” she said.

Beth Brown, principal of Frontier High School, may have been the proudest person in the gymnasium Friday evening watching the 51st graduating class of the school march by.

“I think they hold a lot of promise,” she said. “They need to believe in themselves, because we already believe in them.”

Frontier High School 2019 graduating class

•Valedictorian: Sophia Brown.

•Salutatorian: Abigail Eddy.

•Graduates: 52.

•Class motto: “Chase your dreams but always know the road that’ll lead you home again.”– Tim McGraw.

•The 2019 class song is One Republic’s “I Lived.”

•Class flower: Sunflower.

Source: Frontier Local Schools.