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44 Chesapeake students graduate with honors

May. 25, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- Nearly half of Chesapeake High School's class of 2013 graduated Saturday night with honors, something that principal Troy Tucker said was unprecedented.

Seth Waggoner, one of nine to graduate Summa Cum Laude, said 44 achieved one of three of the honors levels simply because so many worked so hard.

"It's a celebration of what we've done," Waggoner said before the procession into the high school gym. "It's the first day of the rest of our lives."

He notes that even in a small school, each graduate has his or her own memory they cherish. His came in the fall, when the golf team went to the state finals for only the second time. Now he will head to Florida Gulf Coast to participate in a PGA Golf Management program.

Jessica Adkins called being a Chesapeake graduate a privilege. She said the students received a good education that has allowed each one to go on and better themselves.

That's the same sentiment art teacher Robin Kimball shared when asked of her thoughts on the class of 2013.

"Can't wait to see what these seniors do with their lives," she said. "They are destined to work hard to be everything they want to be."

However that looks, Christopher Dehner said during his speech that achievements are fluid and look different to each person.

Joining Waggoner and Dehner as Summa Cum Laude graduates are Courtney Elizabeth Baker, Nicholas Lee Duffield, Vanessa Lynn Handley, Anna Kathryn Mayo, Samantha Nichole Miller, Eric Russell Sias, Sarah Lauren Brumfield and Richie Coe Combs.

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