[cleeng_content id="t2" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"]Washington High’s first four-year class of 241 students graduated Saturday afternoon in a ceremony held in the gym of the Butcher Center at Shepherd University.

Washington High School opened in 2007. For decades, the consolidated Jefferson High School had been the county’s school high school, but the county’s population growth in recent years prompted school board members to open a second high school.

During her speech, Class president Molly Brielle Potter talked about how she and her classmates created a solid footing for Washington High’s future. “We were here from the beginning, helping to establish brand-new programs, initiate clubs and build student leadership,” she said. “These efforts, in just four short years, have provided a foundation of excellence recognized by the local community and statewide.”

Jefferson High School held its commencement Sunday afternoon at Shepherd University’s Butcher Center gym. It was the Shenandoah Junction school’s 40th such ceremony.

Before the school’s 277 graduates entered the gym, the crowd heard songs from musicians under the direction of John Lynch, the director of bands at Jefferson since 2008.

Sunday’s commencement included the late Anthony “Cory” Ham. The 19-year-old member of the Class of 2012 died May 3. His diploma, the first given out during the ceremony, was presented to his family.[/cleeng_content]

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