[Posted on Jun 13, 2018 | 541 views]
Former Mathews High School teacher Phillip Sanderson, who is now a member of the faculty at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, may have missed one milestone in his daughter’s life this week when Chloe Sanderson played last Thursday for the state singles title in tennis, but there was no way he was about to miss a second as she graduated on Saturday from MHS and received the school’s General Excellence Award. The elder Sanderson was grading papers in Kansas City last Thursday, keeping one eye surreptitiously on his phone for updates as his daughter finished her high school tennis career as the state runner up in Class 1 singles play. The two embrace here in the school’s gymnasium after the Saturday morning graduation. Photo by Charlie Koenig
A group of students posed for a photo while waiting in the wings of William and Mary Hall for commencement to begin. They are, left: Tanner Johnson, Molly Glock, Tariq Gregory, Hunter Green, Alex Giddings, Mary Green (front right) and Caylin Given (front far right). Photo by Peter J. Teagle
Steve Casper, Mathews High School’s senior class sponsor, snaps a photo of soon-to-be-graduates Noah Brown, William Craven, Todd Britt and Nicholas Edwards, from left, as the students waited in the school’s cafeteria before marching into the Harry M. Ward Auditorium on Saturday morning. Photo by Charlie Koenig
tudents gathered in the corridors of William and Mary Hall and were organized alphabetically before the ceremony. Carlos Morales (center) was one of the teachers tasked with marshalling the students. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
Mathews School Board member Jeanice Sadler sneaked up on stage to give her son Caleb Sadler a hug after he received his diploma. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Gloucester High School valedictorian aledictoran Jeffrey Cho. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
Mathews High School seniors Yolanda Fells, Kierra Billups and Sydney Dobson, from left, chat with one another in the school’s cafeteria as they wait for Saturday’s commencement exercises to start. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Kamryn Cooper, right, passes the senior class insignia to Vivian Eccleston, who was representing the rising seniors of the Class of 2019. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
Mathews High School senior Andie Schlosshan helps Josh Jeffers get his graduation cap straight prior to Saturday’s graduation ceremony. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Carter Miller, left, and Conner Mahoney paused for a photo during the pre-commencement preparations on Saturday. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
James Erik Raha was one of 90 Mathews High School students to receive diplomas Saturday from MHS principal Alexis Foster. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Duke of the Year Eleni Georgiou delivered her remarks early in Saturday’s program. She spoke of the importance of grit and drew from her own experiences battling a learning disability, depression, and anxiety to highlight the importance of remaining committed to overcoming obstacles. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
 

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