Weir High School graduates its 103rd class

ALL HAIL TO WEIR — Members of the Weir High School Class of 2019 sing the school’s alma mater during commencement exercises at the school Thursday. It was the 103rd graduating class for the school. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — The Weir High School Class of 2019 took their next steps in life Thursday as they crossed the stage and became high school graduates.

Surrounded by family, friends, teachers and school administrators, the departing seniors were greeted by Principal Kristin Bissett, who congratulated them on reaching their goal.

“These diplomas represent 13 years of work. That’s more than 18,000 hours you’ve put into Hancock County Schools,” Bissett noted.

While graduation is the culmination of those years, Bissett encouraged the setting of new goals as the young adults step out into the world.

“This is a time of new beginnings,” she told the members of Weir High’s 103rd graduating class.

Tyler Komorowski was selected to provide the Highest Honors Address, representing the 16 members of his class to achieve highest honors by graduating with a 4.0, or higher, grade point average.

Komorowski took time to look back on the class’ experiences at Weir High School, which he said bonded them for the rest of their lives.

“We’ll all be leaving these halls, not just as friends, but family,” Komorowski said. “Family lasts forever.”

He noted that, by graduating, the class members were officially becoming adults, whether they were ready or not, saying it was time to take care of adult tasks such as paying bills, doing their own laundry, grocery shopping, waking up on their own and making their own lunches.

“The next chapter of our lives is upon us,” he said, encouraging them to work toward their individual goals, and when they reach them, to set new goals and climb even higher in life. “Your mountain awaits you.”

In accepting the graduating class, Deputy Superintendent Dawn Petrovich said graduation marks a new beginning, encouraging the class to search for and uncover new mysteries, and to keep in mind not only the lessons from their classrooms, but also those outside of school and to continue looking for new lessons.

“It’s a good reminder that learning doesn’t stop just because you’ve received your diploma,” Petrovich said.

She closed with a quote from William Arthur Ward, who said, “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”

Also taking part in the ceremony were Karissa Gautier, Clayton Grubick and Gabriela Tournay, who provided the students’ welcome; Madison Carroll, Anna Glasure and Dakota Wagner, with the diploma acceptance by the class; and Reid Hoover, Alexia Jenkins and Mackenzie Moore providing the closing remarks.

Lisa Clark, Joseph Clutter, Alexia Jenkins and Cassidy Shreve, along with senior ASL students, led the national anthem and the singing of the school alma mater. Julia Gianni, Mackenzie Hollaway and Cerra Wright led the pledge of allegiance.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)