79 to graduate from MHS

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jun 05, 2019 - 02:59 PM

Photo: Mathews High School’s co-valedictorians Katherine Casper and Will Hutcheson (above from left) and co-salutatorians David Blaise Mullins and Noah Iveson (below from left).

Mathews High School’s co-valedictorians Katherine Casper and Will Hutcheson (above from left) and co-salutatorians David Blaise Mullins and Noah Iveson (below from left).

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Seventy-nine Mathews High School seniors are expected to receive their diplomas Saturday morning as the school holds its 80th commencement exercises at 10 o’clock in the Harry M. Ward Auditorium.

This year’s class will be led by co-valedictorians Katherine Casper and Will Hutcheson and co-salutatorians David Blaise Mullins and Noah Christopher Iveson.

Casper and Hutcheson finished their high school careers with identical 4.55 grade point averages. Casper, the daughter of Steve Casper and Jenny Pritchett of Mathews, will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Hutcheson, the son of James and Tina Hutcheson of Diggs, will study at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mullins, the son of David and Jennifer Mullins of Port Haywood, will continue his education at Virginia Tech.  Iveson is the son of Amy Iveson of Gloucester and Jody Gayle, also of Gloucester. He will attend the University of Virginia. Both salutatorians compiled 4.4 GPAs at Mathews High School.

Casper, who also serves as senior class president, will address the assembly following the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” She will also present the senior class gift to the school.

Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch will recognize the special guests in attendance. Following he two salutatorian addresses, the MHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of conductor Tim Fary, will perform “Fantasy on Prospect,” with graduating seniors joining their classmates for the performance.

The two valedictorians will give their addresses to the senior class, after which director of counseling Katelyn Dodge and school counselor Shannon Duff will announce this year’s scholarship recipients. 

The ceremony will end with the presentation of diplomas by principal Alexis Foster and senior class sponsor (and father of valedictorian Katherine Casper) Steve Casper. School board chairman John Priest will confer the diplomas, the cue for graduates to move their tassels from left to right.

As graduates leave the auditorium, they will march into the gymnasium, where friends and family will greet them. A closed-circuit broadcast of the graduation ceremony will be shown in the gym for those unable to get tickets for the event.