Scott, Belew top list of 50 honor students

A historic graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held this Friday, July 17.

Not only will it be the first class to graduate from the new Pierce County High School, it will also be the first commencement exercise delayed for two months by a pandemic.

Originally scheduled for Friday, May 22, the ceremony was delayed due to the threat posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Attendance at the ceremony will be limited to six guests per graduate. Social distancing and face masks will be recommended during the ceremony.

Top honor graduates Kade Davis Scott and Hannah Taylor Belew will lead the class of 2020.

Scott is the grandson of Kenny and Charline Davis.

Belew is the daughter of Greg and Holly Belew.

The 247-member Pierce County High School (PCHS) Class of 2020 includes 50 honor graduates.

In addition to Scott and Belew, honor graduates include: Rachel Brianne Gay, Blake Tyler Cantrell, Miguel Angel Hidalgo-Torres, Tristen Hope Blocker, Harrison Davis James, Rebekah June Davis, Maci Brianna Hawkins, Pattison Nicholas Boyle, Grant Reid McDonald, Holly Belle Thomas, Victoria Chastain Sweat, Mason Lee Rigdon, Laine Elizabeth Williams, Jessica Benitez, Mackenzie Virginia Crawford, Katie Jacquelyn Waters, Caroline Paige Herrin, Andrew Teh-en Fan, Claire Amanda Naylor, Hannah Lorene-Faye Pitts, Jessica Carol Todd, Grant Ethan Garner, Macy Caroline Dowling, Sara Ann Bennett, Kimberley Claire Spivey, Abigayle Lauren Drury, Clowee Gleniece Davis, Jada Lynn Strickland, Emma Kathryn Day, Mina Marie Hendrix, Irineo Nolasco, John Weston Cason, Abbie Grace Hayes, Logan Brooke Todd, Angel Lee Chancey, Autumn Kimberly-Dawn Howard, Todd Michael Carter, Skye MacKenzie Eason, Kenzie Leigh Wolff, Genesis Ngwebifor Manko Walker, Ella Mae Griner, Dana Alyssa Whitt, Lucas Hadden Echols, Beau Alan Teston, JoHannah James, Noah Christopher Shepler, Emmy Kathyrine White and Laney Elizabeth Williams.

At the graduation ceremony, seniors will enter to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Parents and other guests will be welcomed by Kenzie Leigh Wolff who will also lead the pledge to the flag. Arius Jaeden Lincoln will give the inspiration.

Belew will then deliver the salutatory address. The class song, “A Million Dreams” will then be presented. Scott will then deliver the valedictory address. After his address, Dana Alyssa Whitt will offer a special recognition.

The song “Humble and Kind”, dedicated to parents of the graduating class, will then be performed by members of the senior ensemble including Jaeden Lincoln, JoHannah James, Ella Kate Crews, Colin Tomlinson, Kameron Ebersole and Rebekah Davis.

Senior class advisors Robbie Spires and John DuPont will present the Class of 2020.  Former Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith and former PCHS Principal and current Superintendent Dara Bennett will present the graduates their diplomas.

Caroline Paige Herrin will give the benediction.

Candidates for graduation for the PCHS class of 2020 include: Megan Nevaeh Adams, Cullen Todd Alcon, Julia Elizabeth Ambrose, Kolby Jackson Ammons, Denis Arana, Ian Calvin Arnold, Daysi Jacqueline Arredondo Rodriguez, Aaron Gabriel Aspinwall, William David Aultman III, Jeziel Geovanny Avila Amador, Sydney Gail-Barker Bacon, Evan Patrick Baker, Parker Avery Barber, Brianna Renee Barrett, Maddason Grace Beckham, Quavien Ja’Noah Bell, Vernon Deon Bell, Jaylin MaLeah Bennett, Hunter Ray Beverly, Gunars Michael Bitenieks, Gracelyn Tyler Blount, Mackenzie Elaine Boatright, Calvin Eugeen Bolton, Logan Andrew Bovee, Mackenzie Leigh Bowen, Jules Malcolm Bowers, Regena Nicole Briola, Javon Devonte Brown, Julia Faith Bryant, Felicia’ Lavattis Burse, Lane Martin Carnes, Jordan Health Carpenter, Brandon Sears Carter, Harley Cruz Cason, Dalton Bryce Chancey, Konner Clarence James Chancey, Owen Daniel Chancey, Dalton William Conners, Nathaniel Garrett Cothren, Courtny Nancy Courson, Kevin Dwayne Cox, Michael Dean Allen Crane, Ella Kate Crews, Ethan Thomas Crews, Dalton Mitchell Daniels, Bryson Hugh Davis, Dalton Brandon Davis, Janet Elaine DiAngelo, Mitchell Kenneth Dixon III, William Allen Dixon, Jenna Kaitlyn Douberly, Thomas Edward Drawdy, Kameron Elizabeth Ebersole, Jackson Hawke Echols, Robert Christian Edwards IV, Colton Thomas Flynn, Jessie Ricky Lamar Gant, Bryson Wade Gilliard, Damien Alexander Gold, Michael Austin Green, Damon Derrick Griffin, Shaylynn Anne Griffin, Baylee Alexis Griffis, Faith Diane Griffis, Katelyn Elizabeth Griffis, Robert Brad Guest Jr., Ethan Wyatt Guy, Ramsey Whitman Hall, Liana Nicole Harjula, Christian Blake Harris, Jacob Aaron Herman, Vianna Desiree’ Hernandez-Maya, Nefi Jared Herrera, Dalton Lane Herrin, Maggie Irene Herrin, Chloe Abigail Hersey, Christopher Bryson Hickox, Ethan Andrew Hitchner, Sarah Nicole Esabelle’ Hodge, Ma’kiya Ny’keria Diana Horne, Adam Wayne Howard, Spencer Patrick Hughes, Kristian Jalidra Hunter, Tamara Alicia Hunter, Margaret Caroline James, Richard Clinton Jennings, Avery Camden Jernigan, Angel Elizabeth Johnson, Ansleigh Blake Johnson, Joscie Shakara Johnson, Zoey Zeahna Johnson, James Layton Jones, Donald Ja’Montaye Jacktavir Kay, Sarann Grace Kicklighter, Emily Sierra King, William Dixon Knowlton, Cristian Augusto Lacot, Jared Walker Lane, Cameron Michael Lee, Matthew Lee, Shelby Adrianna Lee, Shelby Lousenda Lee, Anayele Linares, Arius Jaeden Lincoln, Landry Keller Lloyd, Orael DeVonte’ Lockey, Ronnie Lee Long III, Alec Chandler Luke, Eveline Mendoza Luna, Lexus Cayla Lynn, Gavin Braxton Manning, Katelyn Amiya Manning, Ashton Dean Martin, Jackson Edward Martin, William Daniel Martinez, Carolyn Jeanene McGauley, Edgar Ederli Merida Jr., Hannah Christine Millwood, Gabrielle Lynn Miranda, Christopher Sentell Mitchell, Gavan Chase Moody, Ja’Ashyia Shyanna Lavon Moore, Karenthis Lavelle Moore, Leavy Kade Moore, Rachel Nicole Moore, Austin Xavier Morris, Trinity ShaNece Muchison, Pierce Channing Naas, Joslynn Elizabeth Jade Nettles, Tori Louise O’Berry, Joseph Chance Oliver, Rebecca Grace Palmer, Nicholas Michael Papacharalambous, Amelia Rae Parker, Maggie Ann Payne, Haley Destiny Peeples, Jorge Fernando Perez, Halie Ann Pickens, Eduardo Pimentel, Austin Eli Poole, Breanna LaShay Presley, Amber Grace Price, Jaron Cole Raulerson, Jade Nicole Reliford, James Devon Reynolds, Matthew Thomas Rigdon, Login Johnathin Robbins, Rebekah Rosario Robson, Allee Dianna Russell, Gabriel Roberto Samites-Ramirez, Jacob Paul Sanchez, Arthur Allen Sapp IV, Bevonte Lashont Scriven, Lauren Alayna Shaw, Alyssa Jannean Shepherd, Ziyana Kamille-Cierra Shider, Eldrich Sierra, Brittany Shyann Sims, James Baley Sims, Carter Austin Smith, James Haden Smith, Kearston Delilah Smith, Michael Jason Smith II, Sarah Emmaline Snow, McCrae Christopher Stafford, Jada Alinca Stanley, Alexis Jaye Stewart, Ansley Terri-Lynn Stokes, Hannah Faye Savilla Strickland, Payton Brook Strickland, Ryan Jordan Strickland, Sierra Dayne Strickland, Christian Gavin Gadge Sweat, James Taylor Sweat IV, Mindy Alexis Sweat, Denis Brillet Tapia Lopez, Marissa Marie Lynne Tatum, Carsen Junah Taylor, Isis Unique Ree Lashaun Taylor, Trevor August Thoele, Katherine Sofia Thornton, Joshua Ollie Todd, Kaden Charleston Todd, Colin Whalter Tomlinson, Alexis Lynn Tuten, Kennon Joseph Tyre, Anahi Urbieta-Estigarribia, Ervin Lewis Valdez, Shane Michael Vickery, Jarrett Kevin Walker, Jamaica Aniesha Wallace, Andrew James Walsh, Brianna Marie Waters, Haylee Miranda Waters, Andrew Jacob Welcher, Abby Marie Westberry and Macie Leighann White.  

In Memoriam: Justin Lee Lynch.

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Social distancing guides in place for ceremony

Members of the Class of 2020, their parents and guests are reminded of special guidelines in place for this Friday’s graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Bear Stadium.

Social distancing will be in effect and will limit the number of guests in attendance.

School officials have announced each graduate will be limited to six guests apiece. Seniors will receive six tickets for admission to the ceremony at the end of graduation practice Friday morning, July 17.  

Governor Brian Kemp extended social distancing guidelines limiting gatherings of 50 or more people unless they are six feet apart. Implementing the six ticket limit will help to meet those requirements.

Guests attending the ceremony are asked to sit together in their family units during the ceremony and must adhere to the six foot distance guidelines.

“Everyone who enters the stadium must have a ticket,” said PCHS principal Kelly Murray. “Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.”

The ceremony will also be live streamed. The live stream broadcast will be done to help accommodate those unable to attend and those who fall under the Governor’s Executive Order (65 or older, anyone with pre-existing health conditions).   

 Seniors will receive their six tickets for admission to the ceremony at the end of graduation practice Friday morning, July 17.  Seniors are to report for the graduation ceremony by 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.  

The stadium will be opened to guests at 6:30 p.m.  No one will be allowed into the stadium once the ceremony has begun.

Per Centers for Disease Control guidelines, masks are recommended but not required.  Masks made of material presenting crude or inflammatory content will not be allowed.

Guests attending the ceremony are asked to sit together in their family units during the ceremony and must adhere to the six foot distance guidelines.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, family and friends will not be dismissed until all graduates have exited the stadium. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines while exiting the stadium.

Guests and/or graduates will not be allowed back onto the field following the conclusion of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live-streamed free of charge on the NFHS network. A link to the broadcast will be posted on the Pierce County High School Facebook page prior to the ceremony.