After they don their caps and gowns, 331 soon-to-be graduates will receive their high school diplomas during a ceremony at the school’s football field set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to congratulatory speeches by Walker Valley Principal Danny Coggin and Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel, the graduating seniors will hear from four of their peers as they look back on the past four years and forward to the future.
Class valedictorian Jacob Griffey and salutatorian Alexis Wright will be sharing their perspectives with their excited and accomplished classmates during the ceremony.
Also stepping up to the podium to give their views on life at Walker Valley and beyond will be senior class president Clay Sneed and student body president Victoria Jones.
Griffey is the son of John and Jill Griffey, and his plans for after graduation include both church work and college. In about a month, he will leave on a two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that will allow him to share his faith with people in England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. After that, he plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he has already been offered a full-tuition scholarship to study computer science.
Wright is the daughter of Zachary and Kristy Wright, and she intends to pursue a career in medical research. She plans to attend Lee University this fall as a Rymer Scholar, major in biochemistry and become a medical laboratory scientist.
Sneed, the son of Tracy and Cathy Sneed, has already gotten a start on his career. Currently a nonlicensed assistant at Companion Funeral Home, his future plans include studying at Cleveland State Community College this fall before later furthering his education at mortuary school.
Jones, the daughter of Chris and Danielle Jones, plans to continue the college education she began while earning credit hours as a dual enrollment student. This fall, she plans to attend Tennessee Wesleyan College, where she will play basketball and study elementary education.
In the event Thursday evening’s ceremony gets threatened by rain, graduates and their guests will move indoors to the school’s gym.