BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) celebrated the graduating class of 2022 at the 135th Annual Commencement held at the West Virginia Wesleyan College gymnasium on Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m. The event was live streamed via the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Facebook page, Channel 3 and the Channel 3’s YouTube page.
As everyone was gathering and taking their seats, the B-UHS choir was serenading those in attendance. Blue and white caps and gowns were seen lining up in the halls just outside the gymnasium. There was an overall feeling of joy and accomplishment in the air.
Principal Jonathan Pollock then started with an introduction, followed by the B-U Band providing the music from Pomp and Circumstance to which the graduating class of 2022 began entering the gymnasium and standing along rows of white chairs. All in attendance were also standing to honor the graduates. In customary fashion the men were donned in blue while the ladies were donned in white. Principal Pollock then presented the graduates for the year 2022. The B-UHS Soundwaves then performed the National Anthem.
Principal Pollock then spoke to the graduating class, “ We are getting ready to release you into the wild and there is a lot of stuff out there and you’re gonna have to trust in yourself and your loved ones. I will give you one piece of advice and that is that you want to let your heart guide you.”
Senior Caden Andrick then took to the stage and spoke of success stating to his fellow graduates “ Go out there, be bold and pursue your dreams.” Fellow Senior Kaitlyn Shannon also spoke and stated, “ I know our futures will be bright and we have time. We only get one life. Make your life memorable. Find your happiness…”
Finally, the moment that the class of 2022 had long awaited had arrived. Students were called to the stage and presented with diplomas, marking the official end of their high school career.
The ceremony concluded with remarks from Senior Class President Amelia “Katie” Pearson. “Now is your time. Strive to be the reason someone has a good day. You are defined by the kind of person you are. Set goals and achieve them. It doesn’t matter who is proud of you, as long as you are proud of yourself. Make yourself significant,” said Pearson.
And just like that, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Class of 2022 tossed their caps and are prepared to take the next steps on their individual journeys.
The complete graduating class consisted of 255 graduates. Their names are listed as follows:
Dominic Albert Abel, Jadah Paige Abel, Gaidian L. Adams, John Christian Adams II, Ethan Sloane Osyka Akagi, Gavin Allman, Rhett Orion Ammons, Caden James Andrick, Kierra L. Arbogast, Tegan Atchison, Cameron Tyler Bailey, Cody Allen Bailey, Jacob Bailey, Meghan Renay Bailey, Kaiden Michael Ball, Robin Marie Ball, Caleb M. Barcus, Layna Barger,
Bradley Jacob Batten, Kayla M. Bean, Emma Grace Bender,Marissa Anne Bender, Alexander Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Haylee Bennett, Devin Michael-Lee Black, Luke John Bohnsack, Roger W. Booth, Mashae Bethany Nicole Bowser,Kandice Brady,Samantha Rose Brock, Jordan Tyler Brown, Madison Chase Brown, Parker Browning, Christian Michael Bryan, Montanna Burr, Samuel Lee Canter, Branson Dale Carpenter, Kristina Carpenter, Madison Carpenter, Alivia Morgan Carr, Kloey Chapman, Morgann Chapman, Britney Chidester, Destiny A.Chidester, Hunter Clark, Allie Claypoole, Bailey Cleavenger, Christopher Cochran, Claire Coffman, John Evan Coffman, Kristina P. Cogar, Tyler Cogar, Jessica Marie Cool, Brice Lee Cowger, Molly S. Criss, Kayla Nicole Currence, Madison Grace Currence, Autumn Skye Curtis, Donovan Ryan Cutlip, Makenzi Jo Cutright, Quinton James Daniel, Sophronia K. Daugherty, Alexa Davis, Asher Cruz Davis, Kasey Summer Davis, Teddy Davis, Colton Day, Isaiah L. Dean, Brandon Michael Donaldson, Brendan Dowling, Gaven Dumas, Christopher Dunaway, Blake Diamond Dyer, Olivia Anna Ellis, Caleb James Elmore, Cameron Sean Ervin, Kaitlyn Evans, Cassandra Everett, Catalina Farnsworth, Dylan Hunter Fox, Payton L. Frame, Logan Edward Freeman, Nevaeh Friend, Caroline Christine Frye, Justice Gooden, Kaleb Matthew Gooding, Miranda M. Greene, Mackenzie Caroline Grose, Madison JoAnne Grose, Johnathan Thomas Haddix, Maggie Ann Maxine Hall, Trinity Dawn Hamilton, Carter Hamner, Kaylie Maureen Hamner, Kobe Hamrick, David Dewayne Harper Jr., Kadee Dae Harper, Karissa Harper, Kellie Alexis Harris, Nathanial Paul Harris, Makayla Darlene Hayes, John Hayes II, Colin Ray Heavner, Kourtlynn J. Heflin, Russell Jackson Herndon III, Ryanna Louise Hines, Ashton Paul Hinkle, Landon Shane Hitt, Shaylee Beth Hitt, Kaitlyn Faith Hollen, Tessa Hollen, Joycelin Holman, Michael Hoover, Christopher Matthew Howard Jr., Gaige Alexander Hubbard, Freedom Renee Huddleston, Ashlee Dawn Huffman, Tucker Wade Hurst, Reese Alexandria Hutson, Landon James Hyre, Lucas Hunter Hyre, Mason Philip Hyre, Ashauntae M. Jefferson, Zelphia Johnson, Lillian Keith, Jada Hope Kelley, Logan Perry Kelley, Giovonni Keplinger, Alona Key, Oliver James King, Harley Davidson Kittle, Jessica Kittle, Bobby Lamp, Tiffany Landis, Ty Landis, Haley Renee Lane, Isaac Todd Lane, Julien Martin Isaiah Larcher, Connor Jacob Lawrence, Alexis Lee, Branson Michael Lee, Shakia Dawn Leichliter, Regan Cassidy Leigh, Haden D. Lewis, Kera D. Lewis, Emma Light, Abigail Mae Loudin, Hannah Elizabeth Loudin, Christina Lustila, Joel Paul Malone, Ryli K. Marsh, Zackery Luke Mayle, Chance McCartney, Destinee Hope McCartney, Kaylyn Jade McCartney, Madison T. McCartney, Kaiden McDaniels, Shelby Lynn McDaniels, Kaley Brooke McKisic, Olivia Maureen McKisic, Landon M. McLean, Jackson Steele McNeish, Mauricio Menendez, Hailey Danielle Metz, Dorian Matthew Miller, Kelli Dawn Mitchell, Matthew C. Montgomery, Seth William Moore, Olivia Grace Murphy, Breanna Navarrete, Noah Kade Nichols, Kaylee O’Connor, Daniel Torres Oliveira, Catherine Elizabeth Oliveto, Casandra Ortiz, Emory Page, Trinity Page, Abigail Faith Parsons, Miryah Paugh, Kayleigh Shae Paulhamus, Alexander C. Payne, Amelia Kathryn Pearson, Takoda Perrine, Nathaniel Gage Perry, Tyler Peterson, Sheridan Cassidy Phillips, Maxwell Vaughn Pickens, Aden A. Pitts, Holden Blake Powers, Samuel Pringle, Tyson Pugh, Emma Faith Pumphrey, Aiden Radabaugh, Trevur R. Randolph, Rachel Elizabeth Rebelo, Kaylie Reed, Kamry Reynolds, Katie Marie Riffle, Dade Riley, Cadence Renee Ringer, Brooklyn Alyssa Robinson, Isaac Wayne Robinson, Justin Gage Robinson, Makayla Mae Robinson, Alyssa Rohr, Joseph Rose, Bambi Rowan, Cheyanna Rowan, Dylan J. Rowan, Shawn J. Rowan, Zachary Rowan, Nathan Andrew Russell, Brooklynn Cierra Sanders, Loni Scott, Eli Cameron Seelback, Phillip Wayne Setterlund Jr., Kaitlyn Noel Shannon, Sidney Brooks Shorter, Hadyn Autry Simmons, Austin Simons, Caitlyn Shea Smith, Dominic Shawn Smith, Jasmine Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Katlyn D. Smith, Tyler David Smith, Wilbur Ray Snider V, Camden Lee Snyder, Haley Renee Sparks, Brittany Goines- Sponaugle, Kyndra Nell Spotloe, Samuel James Stalnaker, Michael D. Stewart, Karris Stimson, Hailey Irene Stout, Destinee Sutherland, Brittany Suttle, Pharyn Dawn Swisher, Audrey Taylor, Allison Nicole Tenney, Cameron Tenney, Charity Faye Tenney, Destiny Nicole Ann Tenney, Dominic Scott Tenney, Ethyn Terry, Gaige Edward-Vance Thompson, Shelton James Thropp, Sterlin Ray Thropp, Tucker Wagner, Zachariah Wagoner, Harrison Andrew Walker, Courtney Marie Walton, Hannah Brooke Walton, Amberley Ward, Brittany Ward, Cameron Hunter Ware, Caroline Paige Ware, Clayton Cole Ware, Nathen Kane Lee Ware, Arlan Washington, Austin Cordell Watson, Isabella Hope Weatherholtz, Jaeneika Izabella Westfall, Aidan Cooper Wilson, Dakota James Wilson, Morgan Elizabeth Wilson, James Paul Winters IV, Isaiah Woods, Jennifer Marie Woods, Kiara Paige Woods, Logan Wyatt, Virginia S. Wyatt, Patrick Hayden Yoakum and Cameron Zuliani.
International exchange student Dimitri Ormeno also walked the stage as a high school graduate.