The Coffee County Central High School Class of 2019 was bestowed with high honors Thursday, May 9 during a morning ceremony at the school.
“We congratulate all of our senior students. We are fortunate to have students like you,” Principal Paul Parsley said during the ceremony. “It makes our job as educators enjoyable and worthwhile to have such awesome students.”
He thanked family friends and members of the community for taken time and shown interest in the success of the students.
Among the honors and recognitions presented were a range of local scholarships, community sponsorships and memorial scholarships. The inaugural Daniel Gassman and Savannah Freeze scholarship and the Bobby Layne scholarships were presented at the ceremony. Additionally, the Ross Simmons and Donnie Thomas, Joe Frank McCullough, William Jacob Myers, Brian Young, Hunter Jay Kimbrough, Clark Raines, Bruce Rayfield, Dusty Elam, Joe Duggan, John Willis, Holly Jernigan, Cole Sons, April Lineberger, Morgan Buddy” Graves, Geneva “Mama” Graves Mary Jo Brinkman and Darrin Leverette scholarships were presented.
Recognition was given to 22 seniors who have joined the military following graduation, 11 of them selecting the United States Marine Corps.
Other recognitions included a notable scholarship to Jessica Bogle to attend Union University. She was awarded a $134,000 a president academics scholarship.
Chattanooga-area DEA Resident Agent in Charge John McGarry presented the national first place award for the Operation Prevention Video Challenge, a DEA Educational Foundation/Discovery Education project, to Yanely Luna, Brian Wang, Dalton Sherrill and Jackson Hamm for their 60 second video “What Could have Been.” The group received a $10,000 prize and a trip to Quantico, Va. For a tour of the DEA training facility.