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Douglas high school seniors ready to graduate this weekend
by Liz Marino
May 28, 2013 05:09 PM | 3276 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>From left, New Manchester High School seniors Eric Theng, Somto Godwin-Offor, Gary Thomas, and Afua Acheampong.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, New Manchester High School seniors Eric Theng, Somto Godwin-Offor, Gary Thomas, and Afua Acheampong.
Strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” will be heard by Douglas County parents, teachers and, most importantly, graduating classes during 2013 commencement ceremonies scheduled for this weekend.

New Manchester High School has 308 seniors eligible to walk across the stage and get their diplomas, said Principal Connie Craft.

Speakers at New Manchester’s graduation will include students Kayla Burnett, Edelyn Dorvilus and Brooke Maddox, who auditioned for the coveted slots.

New Manchester seniors have racked up a significant amount of scholarship money, according to the principal, although she could not give a specific amount “because it keeps rolling in.”

“They’ve done well,” Craft said of this year’s senior class at the two-year-old school. “They worked hard and had excellent academic achievement.”

The school graduated its first senior class in 2012 and will not see any graduates who began as freshmen at the school until 2015, she noted.

“This year’s class is like last year’s in that they started out at other high schools, but they’ve become Jaguars. It will be two more years before we have ‘pure Jaguars,’” she said.

Chapel Hill High School has 283 students expected to graduate. Principal Sean Kelly said Chapel Hill graduates were offered approximately $3.1 million in scholarships.

“We are excited to watch our students move on to attend such schools at Emory University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, and other educational institutions throughout the state and country,” he added. “We are very proud of our 2013 graduates.”

Douglas County High School will have 401 students walk across the stage to get their diplomas, according to Principal Tim Scott.

“The class of 2013 has done a great job this year,” he said.

Douglas County seniors have pulled in close to $5.2 million in scholarships, Scott said.

Four seniors, Itzel Diaz, Mahdi al-Husseini, Darrion Banks and Morgen Watkins have been selected to speak during the graduation ceremony.

Khalif Atwater will be recognized for having perfect attendance for all 13 years, kindergarten through 12th grade.

Lithia Springs High School will graduate 354 seniors on Saturday.

Of those, the school projects that 40 percent will further their education at two- or four-year colleges and about 8 percent will enter the military.

Alexander High School officials did not reply with information on their senior class before the print deadline.

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