Paige Daly, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS] held its graduation ceremony for this year’s senior class Wednesday, May 23. Families and friends of graduating seniors all gathered to watch the students receive their diplomas and to celebrate their accomplishments.
For most of the graduates, the ceremony felt surreal and was incredibly rewarding, allowing them to reunite with friends and family.
“Graduation was a whirlwind of fun, friends, and endless photos. It was both an amazing celebration and a wake-up call for the future. It was an experience I’ll never forget,” said senior Blane Gower.
Graduation is memorable for LHS faculty as well, as they saw the students grow up and improve in their classes over four years.
Ty Hamilton, math teacher, was proud of the senior class as he saw firsthand how quickly they matured.
“It’s a good feeling. You see them as little freshman, scared of this place, and they grow up so fast,” said Hamilton.
Spanish teacher, Jessica Price, felt graduation affects her personally as she will miss seeing the graduates on a daily basis.
“It’s incredibly emotional, you get used to seeing someone everyday and they [suddenly] aren’t there anymore,” said Spanish teacher, Jessica Price.
The class of 2018 was very grateful for the academic and extracurricular opportunities LHS provided them.
Senior Joshua Wiseman felt the school sufficiently prepared him for success in the future.
“They [LHS teachers and staff] taught me so many good values and morals that I’ll take take with me everywhere,” said Wiseman.
Senior Dakota Poppino felt he received an overwhelming amount of guidance and encouragement from his teachers.
“LHS was very helpful with everything. They supported me by giving me the proper resources to excel in what I do best,” said Poppino.
LHS students and staff wish the graduating class of 2018 good luck as they start the next part of their lives.