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Patrick Henry High School seniors celebrate graduation

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Patrick Henry High School seniors celebrated at their graduation on Friday, June 11th, after a less than normal year. They shared memories and triumphs from their high school days, including living and studying through a pandemic.

Parents cheered and music played, as students donning decorated hats filled the Berglund Center.

“You have worked hard despite all of the ups and downs of this school year, including COVID-19, but you didn’t let any of that get in your way, you stayed focused on your goals, and I think I can speak for everyone in this arena today and say we are proud of you,” Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Verletta White said.

Two exceptional students were given the valedictorian award this year. Katherine Aziz who will be attending University of Virginia and Megan McGinnis who will be going to Duke University in the fall.

“Little did we know that over the next four years, we would be become a family, a family that supports one another.” Aziz said.

“This year was hard, there is no getting around it, and I’m so proud of everyone here today because we have finally, officially made it through,” McGinnis added.

Then, in classic graduation fashion, names of each individual graduate echoed throughout the building, and students were handed their diplomas--all smiles and tears. A diploma was also handed out to the family of Kawuan Ray, a Patrick Henry star athlete who died suddenly in December.

Over 700 students graduated from William Fleming and Patrick Henry this week, and they are looking towards the future.

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