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62 Grads Will Earn Diplomas

See the Graduation Section in the Thursday, May 23, 2019 issue of the North Mississippi Herald.

WATER VALLEY – The forecast is cool for Friday night’s graduation at the Water Valley High School gym. That’s because the new air conditioner is already blasting cool air to make sure everybody is comfortable when 62 seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. The commencement gets underway at 7 p.m. and extra seating has been placed on the gym floor to accommodate the anticipated crowd. 

This year’s graduation marks the third year the ceremony will be held back in Water Valley after the event was held at Ole Miss for over 15 years. Renovations are nearing completion at the high school gym, work that has included installing a HVAC system that provides heating and cooling for the first time in school history. Work has also included restoring the gym floor, new windows and paint along with other cosmetic work. 

Superintendent Dr. Michael McInnis will deliver the welcome, marking his last official duty for the school district after serving in the top position for four years. McInnis will end his career in Mississippi after working 29 years in public education, serving as both a teacher and administrator. He starts a new job in the coming school year as superintendent for an Arkansas school.   

Class Historian Andrew Tarver will share the class history in Friday’s commencement exercises. Ta’Nia Hawkins will deliver the salutatory address, followed by recognition of the honor graduates by WVHS counselor Jonathan Barnes. Anna Mills Avant will deliver the valedictory address. WVHS Principal Drew Pitcock, McInnis and Water Valley School Board President Pierce Epes will present the diplomas and certificates. 

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