Swain High 2018 class graduates
The Swain County High School class of 2018 held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at Swain County Memorial Stadium. A total of 117 graduates received their diploma, 22 of which held an accumulative weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher, and 90 of which will be continuing their education at a two-year or four-year college.
Speakers at the ceremony were the academic leaders of the Class of 2018.
Valedictorian Reagan Beck had a weighted GPA of 4.9375 and will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Beck spoke of the promise they hold for the future, their ability to overcome obstacles, and their willingness to take risks.
Salutatorian William Alexander Lay had a weighted GPA of 4.9315 and will be attending the U. S. Naval Academy. He advised his classmates to think of the long-term future of the country.
Among the graduates, 43 will be attending four-year universities. Forty-seven graduates will be attending two-year colleges. Two graduates will be joining the military, and 22 will be joining the workforce.
The class of 2018 earned over $1.5 million in scholarships.
Look for more coverage of the graduation ceremony in the Thursday, June 14 edition of Smoky Mountain Times.