The 101st class at Tullahoma High School and the second-ever seniors at the Tullahoma Virtual Academy will celebrate at Wilkins Stadium on Friday when graduation ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m.
If weather becomes an issue, the ceremony will be moved inside the THS gymnasium. In preparation for graduation, all seniors received eight tickets in case the ceremony is relocated. Those tickets will only be needed if graduation takes place inside the gymnasium. District officials continue to monitor the weather and will decide on the graduation site by 9 a.m. on Friday. If the ceremony is forced to be moved indoors, parents will receive an email as well as an all-call, and the district will update its website and social media platforms.
Friday evening’s ceremony will get underway, with the 249 graduates making their way to their seats before the Pledge of Allegiance. Tullahoma High School Principal Jason Quick will deliver a welcoming message, while Tullahoma Virtual Academy Dr. Greg English will follow with additional comments. Senior Class President Hannah Chessor will then provide opening remarks to her classmates.
Under the direction of Melissa Hinds, the THS Singers will perform “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz. Salutatorian Zane Hopf will then address his classmates before Valedictorian Fischer Flowers delivers his speech.
Diplomas will be presented by TCS Director of Schools, Dr. Catherine Stephens; Board of Education chairperson Kim Uselton; Quick; Dr. English; THS Assistant Principal Derrick Crutchfield; THS Assistant Principal Dr. Renee Flowers; THS Assistant Principal/TCS CTE Director Jessie Kinsey and THS Counselors Richie Chadwick, Erika Konyndyk and Susie Young.
Before the evening concludes, Student Body President Thompson Phan will address the 2023 class with the Turning of Tassels speech.
The following students have been selected to receive awards:
Principal’s Award: Natalie Best and Clayton Robinson
Faculty Award: Lucy Nutt and Zane Hopf
Art: Joanna House and Danny Martinez
Band: Chloe Fuller and Rex Askren
Economics: Braden Powers
English: Hawaa Hussain and Fisher Flowers
Math: Baylee Buchanan and Jackson Banks
Résumé: Morgan Carr and Jayce Jackson
Science: Jackson Banks and Olivia Thomasson
Social Studies: Morgan Moore and Francesca Cinconze
Spanish: Natalie Best and Eleanor Fults
Student Council: Hannah Chessor and Eli Tigue
Theater: Jaxon Bennett and Richa Patel
THS Vocal Department: Jae’Kori Noon and Anne Duncan
CTE Departmental Awards
Accounting: Bryson Jordan and Thomas Anderson
Aviation: Nicholas McMahon and Lucas Reed
Broadcast Media: Jalen Pham and Evan Rogers
Business: Thomas Anderson and Bri Virgil
Coding: Landon Turpin and Zachary Moeller
Cosmetology: Danika Wilson and Alexia Thompson
Criminal Justice: Bailey Merriam and Kylie Buhl
Digital Arts: Jerzy Hendrix and Gabe Barnes
Drafting: Marissa Drummond and Jonathon Raulston
Health Science: Addison Mahaffey and Maison Welch
Machine Shop: Christopher Tucker Anderson and Dominique Barnhart
Marketing: Hannah Chessor and Ashlee Weaver
Pre-Law: Hannah Waller and Laila Lusk
ROTC: Taylor Kaiser and David Mason
STEM: Zaylan Spinner and Gracie Wright
Welding: Lane Johnson and Natalie Hoselton