Oak Hill Academy holds 44th graduation ceremony

Oak Hill Academy seniors wait to receive their diplomas on Friday (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
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RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL EDITOR

Twenty five seniors received diplomas on the Oak Hill Academy football field Friday night and took their final bow as students.

The ceremony represents the 44th commencement in the private school’s history.

The invocation was given by Julia Bristow and the National Anthem was performed by Chelsea Williams.

Headmaster Cathy Davis led the ceremony and introduced Valedictorian Elizabeth Claire Tabor and Salutatorian Kamryn Pearson.

Pearson looked back on her time at the school and fondly told an anecdote about the seniors when they were in sixth grade and in the high school building for the first time.

“At that time in our lives, graduation seemed so far away, just a mere dot on the horizon,” Pearson said. “Every time someone told us high school would fly by, we rolled our eyes and thought yeah right. But looking back they were right.”

Tabor also went down a list of memories and gave her most important takeaway from the senior’s high school years

“All of this knowledge will no doubt be valuable in life, but the most important thing we have learned in the past four years is how to make friends and support each other,” Tabor said.

In total, Oak Hill’s 25 seniors earned $1,128,100 in scholarship funds.

Apart from the traditional graduation ceremonies, several Oak Hill students were honored for the academic achievements

2018 Honors (90.0 GPA or above)
• Abby Bates
• Julia Bristow
• Anna Kathryn Childress
• Maggie Gwathney
• Meryl McReynolds
• John Carver Middleton
• Annabell Miller
• Sunni Milican
• Kamryn Pearson
• Elizabeth Porter
• Chapman Suggs
• Elizabeth Claire Tabor
• Blake Wheeler
• Connor Williams
• Mallory Williamson

2018 Highest Honors (Over 4.0 GPA)
• Julia Bristow
• Anna Kathryn Childress
• John Carver Middleton
• Annabelle Miller
• Kamryn Pearson
• Elizabeth Porter
• Chapman Suggs
• Elizabeth Claire Tabor
• Blake Wheeler
• Connor Williams

Full list of graduates: Emily Catherine Allen, Taylor George Allen, Abigail Brennan Burns Bates, Julia Portera Bristol, Collins Forrester Brown, Anna Kathryn Childress, Jonathan David Crandall, Maggie Lynn Gwathney, Meryl Grace McReynolds, John Carver Middleton, Sunni Rae Milican, Annabelle Leigh Miller, Kamryn Elizabeth Pearson, Elizabeth Paige Porter, Dylan Thomas Scott, Christopher Ryan Simmons, Chapman Miller Suggs, Elizabeth Claire Tabor, Kaeley Elizabeth Tackett, Reiley Bowman Tate, David Jetty Vipperman, Ethan Brock Walley, Patricia Blake Wheeler, Connor Barrett Williams, Mallory Faith Williamson.

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