Lord Botetourt High School held graduation ceremonies at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on Friday, May 22. The Class of 2015 consisted of 231 graduates.
Superintendent Tony Brads read a laundry list of accomplishments for the class, including over 3,000 hours of college credits in dual-enrollment classes. More than 200 of the students earned CTE industry and license certifications. He urged the graduates to continually raise the bar for their accomplishments in life.
Senior class president Kyle Sperber urged the class to achieve goals. Principal Janet Womack read a letter to the class, as both entered the school four years ago and will exit together as she is going to become assistant superintendent for the division July 1.
Valedictorian Kara Brads said the embodiment of high school is sports and extracurricular activities. Salutatorian Claire Gross spoke of the comparison of her life to the song "Bigger Than My Body" in her college interview. Salutatorian Tyler Kingma said "to live your life at 212 degrees, not at 211, so you can boil and steam and accomplish."
After a song from the choir, the roll call began and the graduates received diplomas. With a pronouncement by Womack, the grads switched the tassels to the left to graduate. Decorated caps sailed in the air.
For the LBHS Class of 2015, the next step began as they marched out of the civic center and into the future.
By Cathy Benson email@example.com