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Graduations get under way in Summit County

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

On Friday North and South Summit high school students will bid farewell to their schools and embark on a journey outside of high school.

Fifty-nine seniors will graduate from North Summit High School. Principal Jerre Holmes said it is an unusually small class size, which typically averages 80 students. One of their other distinguishing characteristics is that many of them already have two years of college under their belts.

"This class actually has 16 students who received their associate’s degree through the ed net/concurrent enrollment program," Holmes said.

He expressed pride in the accomplishments of those students.

"It’s just super, we’re really proud of them. They’ve really had to work hard for it, it’s not an easy program. I think a of lot of times students think they’re senior year is going to be a breeze," Holmes said.

In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of those students Holmes added he is pleased with the entire graduating class and all they have contributed over the past several years.

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Many of them will continue on to higher education. Holmes said the majority of graduating seniors at North Summit High School have plans to attend college.

Sending them off into the world with words of advice will be valedictorians Cheri Lee Bell and Betsy Goodman.

As they leave for college Holmes said, "We’re going to miss them, it’s been a great class."

North Summit High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

South Summit High School has a graduating class of 86 students who, according to Principal Gary Twitchell, have earned over $220,000 in scholarship money.

Rather than designate one valedictorian, the school named honors students with a grade point average of 3.7 or above to speak at graduation.

"So more kids can get recognition," Twitchell said.

Those honors students are senior class president Naomi Andersen, Nick Bjorkman, Tim Butler, LeeAnne Lowry, Katie McNeil, Jessie Parker, Crystal Passey, Bill Sullivan and Liz Walker.

Like North Summit High School, the size of this graduating class is small compared to most years.

"We usually graduate close to 100," Twitchell said.

In spite of their small numbers they managed to raise nearly $1,000 for their Sub for Santa project around Christmas.

The student government also helped the class of 2006 to make strides.

"We’re extremely proud of them. I think the student government in the senior class has got the school going in a direction we want the school to go in," Twitchell said.

They helped to change policies such as the one that docked student’s class credits for too many tardies or absences and replaced it with something they deemed more fair, Twitchell said.

Overall, Twitchell added he is pleased with the class of 2006.

South Summit High School’s graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, May in the high school football stadium at 7:00 p.m.