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220 seniors to bid PCHS farewell tonight

Some 220 students will graduate from the hallowed halls of Pike County High School tonight. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the high school stadium. ”This is the largest class in my six years here,” noted Laura Douglas, senior class sponsor and an English teacher. The students in that graduating class have forged close ties. ”They see themselves more as a family unit,” Douglas said. ”They are a very intelligent class and they’ve earned a lot of recognition,” counselor Jennifer Bramblett said. Senior Kayla Pollock is excited that graduation is so near. ”I just can’t believe it flew by,” Pollock said. Pollock hopes to become a dental hygienist. That is the same professional goal held by Marissa Laster. She is thrilled at the thought of the upcoming graduation. ”It’s wonderful because it’s our last year,” Laster said. They were among the seniors who turned out Friday, May 22, for the senior picnic at the school. Nearly all were garbed in black t-shirts proclaiming “Pike High Seniors Class of 2009.” The skies were overcast and drizzling rain but the students’ spirits were soaring. They excitedly chatted while waiting in line for their meals then munched on grilled burgers, hot dogs, fries, cupcakes and cookies. The class of 2009 valedictorian is Olivia Swint. The class of 2009 salutatorian is Catherine Lovin. Both will give speeches during the graduation ceremony. Other top students will play a role in the ceremony. Trey Barnett will give the welcome, Nijil Kuruvilla will give the introductory prayer and Zach Westerfield will deliver the closing prayer. Diplomas will be presented by principal Scott John, superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan and board chairman April Byrd. The baccalaureate service was held Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Williamson.

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