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“You are now 2013 graduates” are the last words from the podium before mortar boards soar into the air, static with expectations. For four days last week, Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) graduated more than 4,200 students from 11 high schools across the county – 1850 from southeastern Chesterfied’s five schools alone.
Students at Chesterfield Community High School have always had individuality, diversity and a special need to succeed. Their individuality was upfront as Ms. Millhouse’s Guitar Assemble played “Pomp and Circumstance” as 151 graduates walked side by side up the center aisle to their seats.
The 34th Commencement of the Lloyd C. Bird High School Class of 2013 had 417 graduates. Teresa Hathaway, assistant principal, welcomed the Class, their families and friends. Christina Spruill, SCA president led the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem was sung by the Senior Choral members.
The 49th Commencement Exercises, at the Siegel Center, of the Matoaca High School Class of 2013 had 415 graduates. Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Senior Class Vice President, Taylor Mason, the National Anthem was belted-out by the Up Front Girls Show Choir.
The 48th Commencement Exercises of the Meadowbrook High School Class of 2013 graduated 354 students at the Siegel Center on Monday morning. The Meadowbrook JROTC Color Guard presented the colors and the National Anthem was performed by the Meadowbrook Choir and Concert Band under the direction of James Neiner, director of band and Maegan Christiano, director of choir.
The 105th Commencement of Thomas Dale High School hailed the graduation of 512 students. The Thomas Dale JROTC presented the colors and the National Anthem was sung by Katie Bayer, Brittny Stowers, Zac Holten and Jeremy Moore.
The sunset of school days is upon us and high school graduation is this week. This is also the week that a local organization, MEGA Mentors, winds down for the summer and assesses the successes of its program.
Chesterfield County participates in a program called Communities in Schools whose mission is “to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”
Obese or overweight children have been a concern of both parents and the National Institutes of Health for quite a while. It has been such an issue that in some cases vending machines were removed from schools to keep sugary drinks from being consumed by students.