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LC plans to stick with outdoor graduation

School officials, bowing to the wishes of the senior class, plan to hold graduation exercises outside at Trojan Field Saturday morning. ”After careful consideration of several options, the Class of 2018 overwhelmingly chose to hold graduation outside on the field Saturday. The ceremonies set for 9 a.m. Any change will be communicated through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once conditions are suitable, we will hold the event on the field. We ask that all attendees in the stadium not use umbrellas. Ponchos and raincoats are preferred. umbrellas are welcome for guest who are standing on the field,” superintendent Jute Wilson reported. About 166 seniors will march in the ceremony. Many will go on to continue their studies at state colleges and universities including UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Southwestern, Valdosta State, ABAC, Georgia Military, North Georgia, Mercer, Brenau, Point University and LaGrange College. Some students will stay close to home, attending Gordon State College and Southern Crescent. Other students will cross state lines, attending schools like the Alabama and Covenant College. Several graduates will join the military after graduation with several enlistments in the Marine Corps, Air Force and Army. Senior Henry Pearce earned the scholastic excellence award presented by the Marine Corps. Maya Lyons will kick off commencement by performing the National Anthem, followed by a welcome from senior class president Gracie Kunst. Next on the program are addresses by salutatorian Brittney Dix and valedictorian Margaret Henry. School board chairman Sue O’Neal will present remarks and superintendent Jute Wilson will give the graduation address. Wilson and LCHS principal David Boland will present diplomas followed by closing remarks from senior Ashley Haddock. Off the 166 seniors receiving degrees, 39 are honors graduates. Honor grads were feted at a ceremony at the school Monday. The posting and retiring of the colors for the ceremony will be handled by the JROTC color guard, commanded by Major Paul Stinson.Valedictorian Margaret Henry also graduated summa cum laude from Gordon. She has received the Vincent J. Dooley scholarship and will attend UGA. She was also LC’s female athlete of the year. Honor grad Michael King was the male athlete of the year. Senior Ja’Quarius McCoy finished his high school career with perfect attendance. He was won the inspiring Trojan award, chosen by the LCHS faculty and staff. Many Trojans will continue stellar athletic careers at the next level. Ashley Haddock, Javon Engram, Winfred Dixson and Chandler Francis all signed soccer scholarships. Dallas Ogletree will play basketball for Maryville College in Tennessee. Bailee Pines will play softball at Gordon.

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