Warren Warriors celebrate commencement
Nearly 200 students celebrate in class of 2019
As the nearly 200 students in blue and white gowns waited in a line outside at the bridge into the center’s lower level, the graduates spoke calmly, laughing and occasionally hooting and clapping. The mortarboard caps of some bore messages, ranging from “It always seems impossible until it’s done” to the entire text of Proverbs 31:25.
Sandra Leonard, a Warrior who attended the Washington County Career Center and was ready to receive her diploma, said she’s headed to West Liberty University to study criminal justice.
“I’m going to miss archery and my friends on the guard team,” she said.
Piaf Law was getting a look at her future on the Marietta College campus. An exchange student from Hong Kong, she’s enrolled in the music therapy program after 10 months of attending Warren.
“I’m going to miss the the teachers and the students – but not the food,” she said with a laugh.
Malcolm Quartermain, another career center student, said he intends to stay with his present job at Kroger in Marietta for now.
“I took auto mechanics as a trade, and I can go to it later in life if I want to,” he said. “I’m going to miss all the people, our teachers, I made some really good friends, and I hope to stay in touch with them.”
Introducing the class, principal Ryan Lemley said, “I am extremely proud, humbled to be a part of this … there are a whole bunch of people sitting here who supported you, and be sure to thank them.”
Lemley said of the 191 graduates, 114 are headed to four-year colleges, 21 are going to two-year institutions, 44 are going directly into the workforce and 12 have enlisted in the military.
The aggregate amount for scholarships earned by the class was $2.6 million, he said.
“You have wide open opportunities, you’re prepared, and the next part is up to you. Nothing worth having is easy – do the work,” he said.
The class had one salutatorian – Madison Miller – and six valedictorians: Jason Clark, Jr.; Diamond Decker, Matthew Goodman, Jenna Haffner, Caroline Stollar, and Abigail Werry.
Warren High School, class of 2019
•Class colors: Blue and silver.
•Class flower: White rose.
•Class motto: “Don’t stress – reassess.”
•Class song: “Five More Minutes,” Scott McCreery.
•Salutatorian: Madison Miller .
•Valedictorians: Jason Clark, Jr., Diamond Decker, Matthew Goodman, Jenna Haffner, Caroline Stollar, Abigail Werry.