Grayson grads earn high school, college diplomas

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By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — A graduating class of 136 students received diplomas on May 31 at Grayson County High School — and some have completed two years of community college already.


This year, 11 GCHS students received associate degrees from Wytheville Community College, which they earned in addition to their high school diplomas.
School officials said 31 percent of the class graduated as early governor’s scholars, meaning they received an advanced diploma, had a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and at least 15 college credits.
Class valedictorian was Austin Paisley and salutatorian was Hayley Lawrence.
Connie Morris, retiring GCHS librarian, was picked by the graduating class to be the keynote speaker.
The ceremony had a couple of funny moments.
Allison Toupin, class president, took a “selfie” photo with her phone as a joke during her senior reflection speech.
Seth Hawks, class treasurer, interrupted vice president Allison Bowers’ speech as a reference to Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.