OHHS graduates say ‘goodbye’Free Access

Oak Hill graduates are pictured tossing their hats into the air to celebrate their completion of high school. (Telegram photo by Jeremiah Shaver)

The 124th annual Oak Hill High School graduation was held on Friday, May 19, inside Davis Stadium.

Oak Hill High School Principal Randy Layton along with help from Oak Hill School Board President Aaron Michael presented diplomas to 95 seniors.

The top-ranking academic students all delivered speeches. The valedictorians were Holly Barger, Garren Brown, Abby Donley, Aidan Hall, Abigail Hanning, Jordan Howard, Paige Hughes, Kaydee Johnson, Amelia Michael, Reagan Michael and Rylan Sams. The salutatorian is Makayla Dearth.

Several students graduated with honors, and it was mentioned that some students were going into the military.

The students carried out an inside farewell joke on Layton as he is retiring this year. A majority of the students handed Layton a fishing bobber as they crossed the stage to receive their diploma. Layton had told The Telegram in a recent interview that he would be doing some fishing in retirement.

After the presentation of diplomas, Layton had the seniors stand and move their tassels, thus making them graduates. After moving tassels, the graduates tossed their hats into the air celebrating their completion of high school.

The ceremony wrapped up with the recessional, as the graduates marched off the football field.

During the commencement, the 50-year graduates from Oak Hill High School were honored and recognized. It was noted that the Class of 1973 graduated during Oak Hill’s Centennial (100th anniversary). Some of those graduates were in attendance. The Village of Oak Hill is celebrating its Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) during 2023.

The Telegram will present a two-page full-color coverage of the Oak Hill High School Commencement Program in Saturday’s (May 27) edition. This coverage will include a complete story, more photos and a list of the 95 graduations. This coverage will also be posted on the newspaper’s website at www.thetelegramnews.com.

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