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County’s public schools graduate 839 students

Wednesday, Jun. 11 | By Hannah Dellinger
(l-r) Allison Cherundolo of Warrenton, Bailey Culver of Amissville, Hannah Budd of Warrenton and Ashley Rininger of Warrenton celebrate Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Fauquier High School's graduation ceremony in Warrenton, Va.
Photo By Alisa Booze Troetschel/ONE BOAT MEDIA
This past weekend 839 Fauquier County public high school students took the symbolic walk across their school’s graduation stages into adulthood.

Celebrations took place for all three high schools Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The quintessential speeches about time and accomplishment resonated through the speakers for large crowds gathered together in perfect spring weather.

“ I urge you to continue to change our world. Take on the tough challenges, take the risk that help make our world a better place,” said Fauquier High School Principal Clarence “Tripp” Burton III during his keynote speech to the students. “There is at least one thing that will not change. You are Falcons, today, tomorrow and forever. You will carry Fauquier High School with you everywhere you go. It is and will always be a part of you.”

This was Burton’s first commencement ceremony as principal. He described the event as nerve-wracking at first, but ultimately rewarding to experience and bask in the joy that emanated from the graduates (See related story, A3).
“Thinking back, it amazes me how much we have all changed,” said Liberty High School Class President Rachel Strong during her graduation speech. “We’ve transformed from terrified adolescents unsure of their place in the social ladder to full-grown, confident, self-assured adults ready to tackle the next chapter of our lives.”

LHS’s graduation marked the last commencement ceremony for Principal Roger Lee. He announced his retirement from a 30-year career in education a couple of months ago. The last 12 years of his career were spent as principal of LHS.

“One of the most fun things I do is to hand the students their diplomas and shake their hands at graduation,” said Lee in a recent Fauquier Times story about his retirement announcement. “I had no idea how good that would feel until I got to do it. You see the expression on the kids’ faces, and it’s a really neat feeling.”

FHS graduated 272 students on Saturday June 7 on Falcon Field. Sixty percent of the graduating class will continue itsr education at a four-year college. Nineteen percent of FHS graduates will go to two-year colleges, three percent will attend vocational or other kinds of educational institutions. Three percent will join the military and 15 percent will seek employment.

LHS had 304 students graduate on Sunday June 8 at the Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheatre in Bristow. Twenty-seven percent of the graduates plan to attend four-year college, 43 percent will attend a two-year college and seven percent plan to attend a vocational or trade school. Three percent plan to enter a branch of the Military and 20 percent plan to enter the work force.

KRHS graduated 263 students on Friday, June 6 in the Cougar Stadium on campus. Further graduation statistics and information for the school were not available by press time.

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