Bradley County Virtual School awarded diplomas to 22 students in the Class of 2020 this year in a graduation at Walker Valley High School’s gymnasium.
Bradley’s Virtual School students may have been the least impacted among the Class of 2020. They were already at-home learners before the pandemic forced the closure of schools in March.
Student speakers at the graduation included Class Representative Kayleigh Shoemate, Salutatorian Grayson Harrod and Valedictorian Emilee Thomas.
Dr. Sherry Shroyer, who is retiring from her role as director of the virtual school, said Class Representative Aubrey Simmons “gave a heartfelt introduction” for guest speaker Dr. Jesse Wood, who presented the 2020 graduates with “an apropos message of hope in difficult circumstances.”
“This distinguished group of graduates demonstrated the perseverance and determination needed for the future,” Shoyer said. “They began their lives right after the 9/11 attack on our nation, and continued to achieve their educational goals in the midst of the worldwide pandemic.”
Bradley County Virtual School celebrated the accomplishments of 22 graduates of the Class of 2020 on May 20. Proud families and friends joined this special occasion at the Walker Valley gymnasium.
Bradley County Schools Supervisor of Secondary Education Todd Shoemaker praised the students for being "trailblazers" as learners, even during the pandemic.
Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash encouraged “wise direction for the future,” Shroyer said, and Shroyer congratulated the class for their perseverance. She noted that 81% of the graduating class earned an average grade of B or greater during the 2019-20 school year.