As the six graduation ceremonies approach, each school’s valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2014 were named Friday.
School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the valedictorians and salutatorians will be honored at a ceremony before they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
“These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and superintendent of schools at the 14th annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday,” Jacoby explained. “Each student also is asked to select a favorite teacher, and he/she is honored at the banquet as well.”
Students who will be honored include:
From Cherokee High School — Valedictorian Olivia Nechvatal and Salutatorian Miguel Tuberquia;
From Creekview High School — Valedictorian Lori Estes and Salutatorian Riley Jenkins;
From Etowah High School — Valedictorian Christopher Yoo and Salutatorian David Morrison;
From River Ridge High School — Valedictorian Maggie O’Bryant and Salutatorian Zoe Moore;
From Sequoyah High School — Valedictorian Rachel Weaver and Salutatorian Sydney Webb; and
From Woodstock High School — Valedictorian Samuel Mixon and Salutatorian Rachel Steppe.
With graduation ceremonies set for this week, Jacoby said local law enforcement would be on hand to help with traffic control.
“Cherokee County School District Police will handle traffic and crowds on church grounds,” Jacoby said. “And Woodstock Police Department will handle traffic on streets.”
Ceremonies are expected to last less than two hours each, Jacoby said, and no food, drinks, noisemakers or balloons are allowed inside the church.
Jacoby said students should park off Neese Road in front of Building A at the church and staff should turn off Neese Road and park beside the Worship Center.
“Parents and guests are to use the main entrance off of Highway 92 or Gunnin Road and park in the designated area for parents and guests. Handicap parking is available,” Jacoby said.
The Cherokee High School graduation is first, set for 4 p.m. Thursday. With 400 graduates, School Board members Patsy Jordan and Robert Wofford are expected to attend the ceremony, along with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower.
Sequoyah High School will have its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. Thursday, with School Board Chair Janet Read and School Board member Michael Geist set to attend, along with Assistant Superintendent of Financial Management Candler Howell. Sequoyah will graduate 375 seniors.
On Friday, the River Ridge High School graduation will begin at 4 p.m., with special guests, School Board members Geist and Rick Steiner and Bobby Blount, assistant superintendent of Accountability, Technology and Strategic Planning. River Ridge will graduate 355 students.
The Etowah High School graduation is scheduled to take place next, at 8 p.m. Friday. With 530 graduates, Steiner and Read are set to attend the ceremony, along with Assistant Superintendent of Support Services and Facilities/Construction Management Bill Sebring.
Woodstock High School will graduate 398 students at its ceremony, Saturday at 9 a.m., with School Board members Steiner and Rob Usher expected to attend, along with Letita Cline, assistant superintendent of Educational Programs, Student Support and Professional Development.
Finally, Creekview High School will have its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday. With 410 seniors, Jordan and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Management Trey Olsen set to attend.
Arrival time before each ceremony is set by the school, but Jacoby said it’s usually no more than 90 minutes before the ceremony begins.
The graduation ceremonies are open to the public. First Baptist Church of Woodstock is located at 11905 Highway 92, in Woodstock.