West Jeff graduates 100


By Jane Beathard - For The Madison Press



Jordan Schumacher, left, and Victoria King, right, lead the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 into the gym on Saturday. Schumacher is the class president. King is vice president.


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Corissa Winstead addresses the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Winstead and Hannah Maggard, right, were named the Outstanding Vocational Students.


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Valedictorians of the West Jefferson Class of 2017 are Allyson Looby, at podium, Sydney Gaus, center, and Jaclyn Looby.


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The traditional tossing of the mortarboards closes graduation ceremonies at West Jefferson High School on Saturday.


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West Jefferson High School Principal Dave Metz displays his Emeritus Educator Achievement Award.


Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

Saturday marked graduation day for 100 West Jefferson High School seniors.

The 11 a.m. ceremony, the school’s 130th commencement, showcased awards for several graduates, as well as retiring high school principal Dave Metz.

Metz received the Emeritus Educator Achievement Award for his 46 years of service to the Jefferson Local Schools District.

He said early in his career at West Jeff, he considered returning to his native district in eastern Ohio. However, he remained in the village and learned to love and appreciate the community.

He said nearly a half-century of teaching and coaching taught him that students are the most important aspect of education.

“It’s about the students,” Metz said. “We have to concentrate on the education of our children.”

Saturday’s commencement exercises also recognized the academic achievements of several graduates.

Sydney Gaus, Allyson Looby and Jaclyn Looby were named valedictorians of the Class of 2017. Madeline Jennings, Morgan McKinney and Ellie Ward were named class salutatorians.

Hannah Maggard and Corissa Winstead, who also attended Tolles Career & Technical Center, received Outstanding Vocational Student Awards.

Together, 41 graduates of the Class of 2017 received either honors diplomas or were recognized as members of the National Honor Society or the Tolles Tech Honor Society.

Jordan Schumacher, left, and Victoria King, right, lead the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 into the gym on Saturday. Schumacher is the class president. King is vice president.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/05/web1_WJSchumacherKingpiccol.jpgJordan Schumacher, left, and Victoria King, right, lead the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 into the gym on Saturday. Schumacher is the class president. King is vice president. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

Corissa Winstead addresses the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Winstead and Hannah Maggard, right, were named the Outstanding Vocational Students.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/05/web1_WJWinsteadMaggardpiccol.jpgCorissa Winstead addresses the West Jefferson High School Class of 2017 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Winstead and Hannah Maggard, right, were named the Outstanding Vocational Students. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

Valedictorians of the West Jefferson Class of 2017 are Allyson Looby, at podium, Sydney Gaus, center, and Jaclyn Looby.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/05/web1_WJValedictorianspiccol.jpgValedictorians of the West Jefferson Class of 2017 are Allyson Looby, at podium, Sydney Gaus, center, and Jaclyn Looby. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

The traditional tossing of the mortarboards closes graduation ceremonies at West Jefferson High School on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/05/web1_WJtossinghatspiccol.jpgThe traditional tossing of the mortarboards closes graduation ceremonies at West Jefferson High School on Saturday. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

West Jefferson High School Principal Dave Metz displays his Emeritus Educator Achievement Award.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/05/web1_WJMetzpiccol.jpgWest Jefferson High School Principal Dave Metz displays his Emeritus Educator Achievement Award. Jane Beathard | For The Madison Press

By Jane Beathard

For The Madison Press

Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.

Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.