Graduating seniors for the Class of 2015 celebrated their accomplishments on May 13 during the annual senior awards night. This class earned $1.3 million in scholarships and many seniors were recognized for their high school careers.
The St. James Board of Education met for two special sessions last week to discuss the coming changes in administration that will occur this summer. Some employees are retiring and others have taken jobs elsewhere, but the board wanted to get a head start on the hiring process.
A free evening of music and barbeque will be coming to the downtown plaza. On May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., the St. James High School jazz combo will be performing live at the Walker Pavilion on Washington Street, across from Perkins Hardware.
The St. James Class of 2015 celebrated graduation on Sunday. One hundred and sixteen students walked across the stage and were recognized for their final day of high school.
Following performances by the high school band and chamber choir, Salutatorian Caleb Jones spoke to his classmates during the ceremony telling them, “When we were all middle schoolers, many of us were nervous or even afraid of going to high school. Such anxiety was partly due to the fact that many of our heads were filled with delusions and exaggerated tall tales of anti-freshman sentiment, distant teachers, and an unwelcoming atmosphere.
“Once we arrived, however, we found that all of our fears were heavily misguided. Seniors who were painted to be cruel bullies ended up becoming our closest friends and mentors, classes that we envisioned to be frightening turned out enjoyable and taught by teachers who cared for us as if we were family, and the school that once was unknown and mysterious became our second home for four years. Many of us made lifelong friendships, meaningful connections, and memories that we shall cherish for the rest of our lives.”
Speaking next was the class Valedictorian Zach Bahr, who echoed Jones’ comments. “Sitting here before me are future teachers, farmers, independent contractors, engineers, doctors, nurses, you name it. Our class has proven to be a melting pot of creativity, hard work, and diversity. We have performed at a higher level than any class in recent history, and for that, we should all be very proud,” Bahr said.
“But now, our time has come. Now, we take that ultimate leap of faith into the wide world around us. I invite you to look at the people sitting right next to your. Up until today, our lives have been following the same path: 12 years of public schooling, culminating right here, right now, at our graduation. From here on out, though, the paths that we forge will no longer intersect on a daily basis. Some of you we may never see again. I say this in order to put things into perspective and to also stress two major points; never forget where you came from and the journey that got you to where you are today,” Bahr concluded.
The class graduated in front of a full gym as parents, family, and friends celebrated the final event of the Class of 2015. This class was one of the most successful in recent memory, with many ACT scores in the 30s, students earning scholarships from many different schools, and GPAs that would make any parent proud. Nine students graduated Magna Cum Laude, having a grade point average of a 4.0 or higher, and 26 graduated with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.
High school Principal Keith McCarthy told parents it that this class was “special” and the teachers that have watched them grow will miss them. They will now continue on their journey into college, the military, or the workforce as they move into the next phase of their lives.
The St James City Council accepted the resignation of City Administrator Jeff Davis in closed session on May 11. Applicants are currently being sought to fill the position and the process for naming a successor is under way.