Students, parents, faculty and staff gathered for the Washington County Career Center’s 50th Senior Awards Ceremony for the class of 2022 at Marietta College in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on Tuesday.
WCCC serves junior and senior students from Washington County including, Belpre, Fort Frye, Frontier, Marietta, Warren and Wolf Creek districts.
Superintendent Tony Huffman welcomed the students and encouraged them to seize every opportunity presented to them.
“So seniors, I encourage you to take control of your own destiny. Dream big, work hard, and go for it,” he said. “Take advantage of that job opportunity, enroll in that post secondary education opportunity, always be looking for ways to produce your next opportunity, for ways to better yourself professionally. Continue to pursue promotions throughout your career. Never stop learning.”
Valedictorian Jarrett Parks spoke during the ceremony about fear and how it is a natural force that one should face daily in order to overcome obstacles in life.
“And if you don’t take anything away from what I’ve said here today, please understand this. Be the one who overcomes adversity,” he said. “Be the one who faces the world head-on even when you’re unsure of the outcome.”
Fellow valedictorian Liam Peckens also shared some words of wisdom with his classmates.
Peckens said one of the most important things he has learned during his time at WCCC is to “make sure to do a job right the first time so you don’t triple your workload by pulling it all apart and doing it over again, but also not being afraid to admit when you do make a mistake and ask for help when it comes to fixing it.”
Chelsea Warren, English teacher, presented the Teachers Association scholarship to Nathan Bowersock.
Warren said about a month ago, one of her students came to her telling her how expensive college was. She suggested he apply for some scholarships and proceeded to help him due so.
All that was left was for him to write an essay over the weekend, because they were due Monday. He came to school on Monday with an essay in hand and Warren helped him correct the mistakes and submit it.
“Honestly, we have so many great students here,” she said. “All of you deserve the absolute world. If I could pay for all of your post secondary education, I would, in a heartbeat.”
Secondary Director Michael Elliott took a moment to give special recognition to a large group of students going on to serve the country in the armed forces. He read their names as they stood for applause from the audience.
After receiving their certificates from their instructors, students converged outside of the recreation center with their friends and family to take photos together to celebrate the exciting moments that preceded.
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