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BCHS Class of 2022 Graduation

Photo by Journey Hixenbaugh

Butler County High School held their Commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2022 on Friday, May 20th at the BCHS Football Stadium. 

Family and friends of graduates filled the bleachers and the track beside the field, many with lawn chairs and others left with standing room only. Others in attendance included members of the BCHS Site Based Decision Making Council and Butler County Board of Education members, as well as BCHS Administration and other BCHS staff members. The Top 10 Juniors from the Class of 2023 were also present to assist as ushers in the ceremony. Ferns decorating the stage were donated by Rockin S. Greenhouse. Laurie Keen Photography was set up to take photos of each graduate as they received their diploma. 


The Class of 2022 consisted of 156 members, 15 of which graduated as Valedictorians with 4.0 grade point averages. These students, in no particular order, were Kristen Blunk, Richard Brown, Gracie Cardwell, Taylin Clark, Alexander Coleman, Dawson Deel, Kaylee Givens, Graci Leach, Elizabeth Martin, Avery McKee, Taylor Miller, Hope Phelps, Rylan Shumway, Makayla Smith, and Bailey West. Jagger Henderson graduated as Salutatorian with a 3.98 grade point average. 


The ceremony began with a processional as the Class walked onto the field. Dawson Deel provided the introduction, followed by the Presentation of the Colors by the NJROTC Color Guard. Hannah Grise, a graduating member of NJROTC, led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was performed by the BCHS Senior Choir, which later performed “Alma Mater”, arranged by Darryl Dockery. Austin Hale, a graduating member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, provided the invocation. An introduction and message to the Class of 2022 was given by Principal Stoye Young. Elizabeth Martin, the top Valedictorian of the class, presented the Valedictory Address she had prepared. Patricia Chumley and Ashley McGinnis, Counselors at BCHS, presented the class, and Superintendent Robert Tuck presented diplomas. The Senior Time of Fellowship was led by Hope Phelps as the seniors enjoyed their last moments together as a class. The ceremony concluded, tassels and stoles were turned, caps were thrown, and those that had walked onto the field as students left as proud graduates of Butler County High School. 


Congratulations to the Class of 2022 as they begin their next chapter. 


Story by: Delaney Daughtery 

Photos gathered by: Brady Jones


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