For the 136th year, Newcomerstown High School seniors walked across a stage to take the next step in their lives, supported by their peers, faculty, family and friends.
On a very warm afternoon at Lee Stadium, the graduating class enjoyed sunshine and the accolades of a large crowd that came to congratulate them.
The afternoon started with the graduating seniors walking to their seats, escorted by junior attendants Jade Carpenter, Candace Offman and Sarah Watson, while the Newcomerstown High School band played "Pomp and Circumstance." Senior choir later sang "Gonna Rise Up Singing." Senior band members later played "Suncoast Carnival." The band helped end the afternoon with the playing of the Alma Mater and the "Fanfare and Recessional."
Before that, Austin Gano, Class of 2018 secretary, gave the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Newcomerstown High School choir giving a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Hunter Porcher, Class of 2018 treasurer, gave the welcome and introduced those who were on the platform.
Randy Addy, long time educator with the Newcomerstown school system and a member of the graduating Class of 1968, gave a presentation about the different world for graduates of 1968 from those in 2018, and introduced members of the graduates of 1968 who were able to attend.
Supt. Jeff Staggs introduced the student speakers, co-valedictorians AnaLise Heishman and Brea Garretson and salutatorian Breanna Bryant.
Newcomerstown High School Principal Joshua Branch presented the Class of 2018 and Alicia Moore presided over the presentation of diplomas.
Daniel Russell, president of the Class of 2018, gave the closing remarks.
The class advisor is Jason Leggett; class colors, orange and white; class flower, sunflower; class motto, "It took two thousand 18 years to produce a class this great!"; class song, "I’ll Be There For You," by The Rembrandts.
Board of education members are: Randy Addy (president), Tom Addy, Dave Archer, Steven Brode, Arlene Mayhew, Christie Green (treasurer).