Tri-Village grads defy all obstacles to get diplomas


Tri-Village graduates 60 despite tornado warning

By Erik Martin - emartin@aimmedianetwork.com



Graduating members of the Tri-Village High School choir perform the Elton John number “Your Song” during the school’s commencement exercises Saturday. Sixty students received diplomas, though ceremonies were briefly paused due to a tornado warning.

Graduating members of the Tri-Village High School choir perform the Elton John number “Your Song” during the school’s commencement exercises Saturday. Sixty students received diplomas, though ceremonies were briefly paused due to a tornado warning.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

NEW MADISON — Tri-Village High School awarded diplomas to its graduates Saturday evening, despite a temporary break in the action due to a tornado warning.

Halfway through the ceremonies, before the choir was slated to perform, students and their families were escorted to tornado shelter areas within the school. The pause, however, lasted only about 20 minutes until the “all clear” was given.

Upon returning, Tri-Village Principal Lee Morris joked to the crowd, “We’re usually able to evacuate students much quicker than parents,” then added, “The first intermission during a Tri-Village graduation is now complete.”

The Tri-Village class of 2016, composed of 60 graduates, and is the first class to start and finish in Tri-Village’s newer building. This year’s co-valedictorians were Zachariah Bevins and Casey Puckett. The class salutatorian was Sarah Witmer.

The class of 2016 includes: Levi Christopher Back; Leigha Marie Baker; Courtney Nicole Banis; Gage Alan Berghoff; Zachariah Charles Bevins; Brett Allen Boyter; Kirkland Heath Eldridge Bradley; Meghan Leeann Brandon; Samuel Paul Brewer; Tyra Fawn Nicole Brown; Jordan James Buckley;

Dylan Kenneth Cassel; Jenna Louise Coffman; Chase Thomas Collins; Jared Race Colvin; Ethan Isaac Deneski; Shelbey Rae Dowler; Destiny Breanne Drew; Taylor Madison Dubbs; Logan Shane Durst; Angel Marie Elsner; Jenna Beth Fisherback; Dillon Anton Flatter; Alexander James Foster; Ethan Ramiro Lee Foster; Elijah Allen Fourman;

Katelynn Rachelle Gilpin; Brooklyn Paige Godown; Thomas Anthony Hemm; Derrick Tyler Hemmelgarn; Gaven Nigel Herring; Remington James Hileman; Riley Marie Hollinger; Zackary Gehret Holsapple; Samantha Marie Holzapfel; Carl Keith Hunt; Saige Madison Kannianen;

Dylan Thomas Lewis; Tanner Michael Maples; Marissa Sue Marburger; Ryan Cole Marcum; Paige Alexis McAdams; Brittany Cheyanne McCullough; Tristan David McMahan; Jeffrey Scott Middleton; Knox Alexander Morris; Olivia Taylor Mt.Castle; Wesley Alan Murphy; Brandon Michael Peters;

Casey Eugene Puckett; Adriana Ramirez; Dylan Ray Reynolds; Tucker Wayne Royer; Gary Joseph Skaggs; Paige Raven Sloan; Skylar Renee Spotts; Savannah Frances Tate; Tyler Shane VanWinkle; Jordon Lane Walker; and Sarah Ann Witmer.

Graduating members of the Tri-Village High School choir perform the Elton John number “Your Song” during the school’s commencement exercises Saturday. Sixty students received diplomas, though ceremonies were briefly paused due to a tornado warning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/06/web1_IMG_0090-TV-PRINT.jpgGraduating members of the Tri-Village High School choir perform the Elton John number “Your Song” during the school’s commencement exercises Saturday. Sixty students received diplomas, though ceremonies were briefly paused due to a tornado warning. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate
Tri-Village graduates 60 despite tornado warning

By Erik Martin

emartin@aimmedianetwork.com

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