Science Hill High School's Class of 2013 graduated Saturday.
Even though their academic finals had come and gone, seniors at Science Hill High School had one last final Saturday –– their final goodbye.
Walking with parents and friends toward Freedom Hall Civic Center, the graduating Class of 2013 easily found friends and other familiar faces decked out in maroon robes and gold stoles, as they gathered in the gym area to line up in alphabetical order before the start of the commencement at 10 a.m.
Will Adams said before lining up that the idea of graduating from Science Hill hadn’t quite hit him yet.
“It feels great. It’s just a blessing. I have mixed feelings of happy and sad,” Adams said. “I feel like after I walk across the stage I’ll be like, ‘Wow, no more high school.’ ”
He said overall his senior year was a lot of fun, but said one memorable class he had would be economics with David Burgin.
“He was a great teacher. It was fun. I had a lot of my friends in there,” Adams said.
He was also an athlete during his time at Science Hill, playing both basketball and football and will continue to play basketball in college at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.
Ready to start another chapter of her life, Leah Eddy said she will be attending the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in the fall.
“It’s something different. I am going with one of my best friends, but we’re completely different and I just wanted to try something new,” Eddy said. “I’m excited to see what ... everyone will do and accomplish in the next few years.”
She said her time at Science Hill was enjoyable and said she liked participating in all of the school activities.
Heading to Wake Forest University this fall to play baseball, William Craig, former baseball and football player for the Hilltoppers, said most of his memories from high school are from playing sports.
“Playing football and baseball here ... has been a blessing,” Craig said. “There’s a lot of guys graduating that I played with. I played (sports) with a bunch (of them) since I was 8 or 9 years old. It’s kind of weird seeing us graduate because it brings back memories of us when we were little kids playing around in the backyard.”
Unsure of what degree he’ll pursue at Wake Forest, he said he’s looking into either education or physical therapy.
As for graduating, he said he’s excited, as well as a little nervous.
“It’s a new experience, but ... I’m ready just to go on (with) the next step of my life,” Craig said.
Leaving Johnson City, but staying close enough to home if she wants to visit, Morgan Knack said that’s one of the reasons she chose to attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Playing basketball for the Lady ’Toppers, Knack’s memories of high school don’t stray too far from the basketball court.
“We (the basketball team) went to the state tournament in three of my four years. We got second two years in a row, so that was pretty neat,” she said.
Enjoying classes like Floyd Brown’s statistics class, Knack said leaving high school is “very bittersweet, but I’m very proud of all of us. We’ve accomplished a lot together.”
The presentation of colors was presented by the SHHS ROTC Color Guard, as well as musical performances by the Science Hill Orchestra and Chamber Choir.View more graduation photos in the Science Hill Class 2013 gallery. comments powered by Disqus