Raleigh County Schools Superintendent David Price and several board members and high school principals honored the "academic heroes" of the Raleigh school district at the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday during the annual Superintendent's Senior Scholars Luncheon.
"This program is to serve as an opportunity for us to recognize not only the students but the parents who helped get you to where you are today," Raleigh Board of Education Vice President Larry Ford told the high school seniors and parents who attended the luncheon. "You are the academic heroes for our system in Raleigh County Schools, and we certainly appreciate everything you do, that your teachers do for you, that your parents do for you."
Park Middle School Choir presented several selections, including John Lennon's "Imagine" and "What a Wonderful World," originally recorded by Louis Armstrong.
Following a buffet lunch served by Convention Center staff, principals of each school announced the names of their top 2017 graduates.
Independence High School Principal Johnathan Henry presented Leanne Aliff, Kayla Blankenship, Brooke Bowers, Kayleigh Bragg, Hailey Brooks, Landon Buckland, William Burleson III, Hailey England, Tyler Haga, Jordan Hall, Seth Hall, Austin Harvey, Hayley Hylton, Logan Kelly, Heather Kiblinger, Faith Kidd, Breanna Mills, Alison Shufflebarger, Jacob Smith, Jeremiah Spicer, Emily Ward and Justin Wine.
Liberty High School Principal Lori Knight announced Jacob Bailey, Hannah Brown, Alexis Ferguson, Kirsten Jarrett, Ethan Lafferty, Kendra Lester, Hanna Pioch, Samuel Sluss and Madison Stone.
Shady Spring High School Principal Deanna Massey honored Maranda Allen, Lillian Asbury, Jordan Ballard, Hannah Ballengee, Christopher Basham, Loretta Bennett, Hannah Daniels, Amanda Farley, Abigail Gwinn, Rys Halverson, Kristen Miller, Kadee Mueller, Keith Sexton, Amber Sturgill, Taylor I. Walker, Shade White, Shaina Wood, Norman Yeung and Ryan Young.
Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Ron Cantley congratulated Nida Amir, Kasey Bowyer, Lillie Boyd, Emily Boyd, Breanna Cecil, Alyssa Christiansen, Cassidy Dalton, Sydney Deavers, Alayna Dimlich, Luke Feldhake, Jamie Fondale, Derek Gilbert, Julia Henry, Henry Hornsby, Kylie Johnson, Kim Le, Bailey McInturff, Haley Mills, Bethany Pittman, Rachel Quattrone, Sidney Staples, Larissa Tyree, Christopher Vonscio and Chanson Wallace.
The honoree list included Presidential Scholars, National Merit Finalists and Ivy League university candidates.