By ASHLEY AMASON
The new Walton High School (WHS) was packed as hundreds of parents, students, faculty, and city and state officials crowded inside “Brave Blvd.” for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 17.
Principal Russell Hughes took the podium to welcome Superintendent Carlene Anderson, the Walton County School Board (WCSB), WHS faculty and staff, parents and students, as well as elected officials who took pause to honor the ceremony.
Opening the ceremony, ROTC members presented the flags as WHS chorus teacher Diara Morris sang the national anthem.
Supt. Anderson spoke about the significant achievement the new Walton High School will be as it hosts its charter class—the class of 2010. Anderson complimented the wondrous structural integrity and beauty of the building, but noted its most important function is as a “schoolhouse—a proper home for learning.”
Chairman of the WCSB Bill Laird thanked the taxpayers for supporting the new WHS, saying “none of this would be possible without them.”
Board member Mark Davis surprised John Grice with the dedication of the John Marvin Grice Fine and Performing Arts Center. Grice, who taught art and humanities in the Walton County School District for 39 years, proudly accepted the honor, saying, “You don’t know what this means to me.”
Kyla Wilkinson, Miss War Whoop and Class of 2010 Student Council Secretary, accepted the school on behalf of her classmates, saying “We are ready to prove ourselves worthy; we know with great trust comes great responsibility.”
Class President Ryan Ealum welcomed his classmates for the first time into the new WHS, cutting the ribbon with Supt. Anderson and the WCSB and opening the school for public tours.
By ASHLEY AMASON