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First FHS grads mark milestone with rings

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

FHS Class of 2014 Class Ring Ceremony (5)

FHS Principal Eric Jones and Keela Wright, celebration sponsor, watch as Andrew Lawson signs a "commitment to graduate" before being presented with his class ring.

Making history as Fayetteville High School’s first graduates, members of the Class of 2014 celebrated last week with the presentation of class rings.

Friday morning’s ceremony, “The Class of 2014 Celebration,” drew a large crowd of parents and supporters on hand when students were presented with class rings and welcomed as official members of the Fayetteville High School Class of 2014.

“This celebration is not only about the class ring but also serves as way to acknowledge an important milestone in our students’ lives,” said Andrea Brewer, college and career counselor at FHS. “We celebrate and congratulate our students for their hard work and want to motivate them for their remaining time as FHS Tigers.”

FHS sponsored the celebration to recognize the students and promote class unity.

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Michael Hardin takes a close look at his new ring just after the presentation Friday morning.

“The purpose is to start a new tradition in our community and sponsor a fun event for the junior class,” Brewer added.

The celebration was attended by FHS’s underclassmen, faculty, staff, parents, Fayetteville City School System central office staff, and school board members.

Attendees heard opening comments from Mark Clark, city school board chairman. Tim Smith, “The Voice of the Tigers”, then read about the history and significance of the class ring.

Keela Wright, sponsor, presented class-voted ring awards. Brandon Tunstill, student body president, spoke about the impact of being the first graduating class of FHS.

Andrea Brewer then announced each student while Principal Eric Jones presented class certificates and rings.

After closing remarks by Mr. Jones, the juniors and their guests were treated to light refreshments.