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McMinn County High School honored the 2019 Graduates at the 116th annual commencement exercises. The oldest school in East Tennessee and second oldest in Tennessee welcomed families, friends, teachers and graduates to receive final commencement remarks from the Former McMinn County School Director, Mickey Blevins who is retired this school year.
McMinn County High School recognized 13 valedictorians: Bethany Elaine Carideo, Emma Jane Gunnells, Jaye Holland Harris, Kandice Joann Henry, Alexis Sheree Hudson, Emma-Claire Kovach, Mary Brianna McKinney, Maggie Claire Montgomery, Conor Aiden O’Malley, Collin Chase Robinson, Cameron Alexander Smith, Ashlyn Taylor Songer and George William Sullins.
C.J. Giles, a member of the school’s first competitive fishing team, also became the first graduate to receive a scholarship in the sport, signing with Bryan College. Additionally, three graduates have been appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Principal David McDonald charged the class of 2019 to live a positive life void of a negative mind, to not complain and to surround themselves with those that would influence being a better person. McDonald presented the Class of 2019 for graduation. History continues to be made at McCounty High School. Congratulations to the Class of 2019.