CMHS graduates largest class in school history
HUNTINGTON -- The graduates in the class of 2014 were not even a glimmer in their parents eyes 20 years ago when Cabell Midland High School ushered its first class of graduates into the world.
Those students left their mark Saturday morning as part of the largest class to graduate from the school during the Scarlet Knights' commencement ceremony at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Approximately 408 students earned their high school diplomas, and Principal Kelly Daniels couldn't hide her excitement for the day.
"This is a fabulous time of year," Daniels said. "Many times as administrators, we work with the students who are having great difficulty,and to be able to celebrate this great time with them and their families is incredible."
One student who graduated with ease but had personal challenges was Alexandria Emory, whose father, U.S. Army Maj. Lynn Emory, is stationed in Afghanistan. School administrators and arena staff worked with the U.S. Army to set up a Skype session between Maj. Emory and the arena, so he could watch his daughter graduate.
"She's (Alexandria) really shy, but she's thrilled her dad will be here with us," Daniels said. "Those are special moments you can't get back. When you have parents who are active duty in the military, they miss so much. If we're able to provide them the opportunity to be able to be part of this, that is something we're glad to be able to do."
Also missing the ceremony were Laura Blake and Makenzi Niebergall, who were competing in the West Virginia State High School Track Meet in Charleston. The West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission hosted a special commencement ceremony during the meet for students from several schools who missed their own graduation ceremonies in order to compete Saturday.
At the arena, graduate Parker Zopp said he was happy to graduate and ready to set forth to West Virginia University, where he will major in economics, and eventually go to law school.
"You can't even put it into words how happy we are," Zopp said. "I think it's not so much the activities or the grades, but it's more about the people and the relationships we built over time."
Cabell County Distinguished Scholar Jaime Schussler said she planned for a fun summer before she also heads to WVU to pursue a degree in civil engineering through the university's Honors College.
"This is pretty stereotypical, but the memories will be special," Schussler said. "It's been such a great education. It just feels great that all the hard work has paid off. I love being with everyone for this last time."
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