By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
After four years of hard work, the students of the Washington High School Class of 2018 will proceed across the stage at the Washington High School varsity gymnasium and receive their diplomas as the 148th annual Washington High School commencement is held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27.
The ceremony will begin with the traditional ?Pomp and Circumstance.? Washington Schools Superintendent Jeff Dicks will give the welcome address to the graduates and the audience. Dicks said today with the temperature predicted to be close to 90 degrees he is working on his remarks to keep the opening more concise.
?It looks like it could be steamy,? he said. ?Last year it was sunny, but not 90. It starts to concern you about packing that many people into the gym. Some people don?t handle heat really well. We are trying to cool it down as much as possible leading up to Sunday.?
Washington High School principal Erik Buchholz will introduce the speakers. Speeches will be given by students Jameson Bell, Alexis Edwards, and Tania Melendez.
Buchholz and director of student affairs Brent Van Weelden will present scholarships. Buchholz will then present the graduating class of 2018. Diplomas will be awarded.
The top five Silver Cord honorees for volunteerism will be recognized. Buchholz will then recognize Red Cord recipients for students who have donated at least one gallon of blood. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be presented.
During class night, an incomplete listing of students receiving silver cords was presented. The complete list of students who earned the right to wear a silver cord with their gown include: Jameson Bell, Breanna Brinning, Morgan Brinning, Makenna Burdock, TJ Durst, Michaela Hoffman, Samantha Holz, Jessica Hora, Brennan Horak, Addison McGuire, Megan Mitchell, Trevor Moravec, Erik Murphy, Sarah Nacos, Kylee Porter, Meredith Raber, Sam Reed, Kendra Rickey, Jameson Spenner, Brandon Stephanie, Brooke Stout, Megan Strabala, Anthony Torres, Kristen Twinam, Allison Vogel, Jacob Van Osdol, and Taylor Wallerich.
Dicks said he was asked last year why graduation wasn?t held in the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center.
?It holds 700 and we usually get over 1,200 people for graduation,? he said. ?It has to be in the gym.?