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Spring Valley students graduate

SVHS graduation
May. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Spring Valley High School Class of 2013, 212 students strong, is filled with unique young adults, Principal Steve Morris said Monday as the group went through graduation ceremonies.

"They really are a group that really takes the path less traveled," said Morris. "They don't tend to let peer pressure affect their goals. They know the path they want to take, and they go for it."

He encouraged the students to continue down their paths during the ceremony Monday evening at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

Several students described their levels of anticipation for both the actual ceremony and their first moves beyond high school.

After graduation, Brittany May said she planned to attend Marshall University in the fall, when she will begin pursuing her goal of becoming a nurse.

She said she was eager to move on.

"It's been lots of hard work," said May. "I think we're all ready to take chances and take opportunity of what's ahead."

May stood in the graduation line behind Edan May, who was a member of show choir at SVHS. She credited Jane Ann Taylor, the school's show choir director, with being a big influence in her success in school.

"I would tell other students to not let the expectations of other people get them down," said May, who will major in anthropology at Marshall in the fall. "I'm ready to close one chapter of my life and start a new one today."

Morris said he had few concerns about the capability of this group of students to take the future into their own hands.

"If they stay the course and keep working hard, I have no doubt that they will be successful in life," said Morris. "In high school, we open the door to lead these students into their futures, and I think these students are leaving here equipped to end up in successful places in their lives."

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