Austin, Boles to lead MHS class at Saturday’s graduation

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jun 13, 2012 - 03:13 PM

Photo: Kacie Austin, left, Mathews High School valedictorian, and Rachel Boles, salutatorian

Kacie Austin, left, Mathews High School valedictorian, and Rachel Boles, salutatorian

Kacie Scarlett Austin and Rachel Ann Boles have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Mathews High School Class of 2012, which will graduate on Saturday.

Ninety-four young men and women are expected to step onto the stage to receive their diplomas during the 73rd annual commencement exercises, beginning at 2 p.m. in the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium.

Austin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Austin of Port Haywood, received a class-leading grade point average of 4.3. She will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall, where she plans to pursue a pre-medical curriculum.

Boles, the daughter of Robin Boles of Mathews, finished her career at MHS with a 4.23 GPA. She will be attending the College of William and Mary, where she will be studying environmental science.

Saturday’s ceremony begins with students and faculty marching into the auditorium to the traditional music of "Pomp and Circumstance," played by the MHS Symphonic Band under the direction of Wayne Fillingim. Following the National Anthem, senior class president Haley Kujawski will welcome the students, families and guests and present the gift from the Class of 2012.

Superintendent of Schools David J. Holleran will introduce the special guests in attendance, and MHS principal Albert Green will recognize award recipients.

Following speeches by the salutatorian and valedictorian, as well as the concert band performing "The Great Locomotive Chase," school counselors Renee Johnson and Katelyn Dodge will announce the scholarship recipients.