More than 1,100 seniors will don caps and gowns this week to receive their diplomas during ceremonies at five high schools across the Beaufort County School district, beginning today.
"These ceremonies are very significant events in the lives of our students, their families and the many educators who have worked with them down through the years," Board of Education Chairman Bill Evans said in a news release. "It's a time to celebrate this accomplishment, to look back at what it took to get here, and also to look ahead. Whether our new graduates are heading on to college, entering the military or beginning their careers, we wish them the very best."
The graduating seniors have amassed nearly $23 million in college memberships and accepted admission letter from more than 200 colleges and universities across the country.
Graduation ceremonies will take place at 7 p.m. in each school's football stadium. In case of weather, graduation will be moved into the school buildings.
Hilton Head Island High School will recognize 254 graduates today, who earned nearly $5.8 million in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Alexander Reamy, and the salutatorian is Emma Stanton.
Bluffton High School will recognize 327 graduates Tuesday, who earned nearly $4.4 million in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Erica Porter, and the class salutatorian is Jose Luis Resendiz Meraz.
Battery Creek High School will recognize 153 graduates Wednesday, who earned more than $2.5 million in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Grayson Morgan, and the salutatorian is Wyatt Trevithick.
Beaufort High School will recognize 301 graduates Thursday, who earned more than $8.6 million in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Adam Lipsitz, and the salutatorian is Michael Cook.
Whale Branch Early College High School will recognize 87 graduates Friday, who earned nearly $1.5 million in scholarships. The class valedictorian is James-Michael Lucero Nito, and the salutatorian is Kimberley Nicole Elliott.
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166 graduate from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High, May 31, 2013