334 seniors graduate from Kennett High School – Daily Local

KENNETT SQUARE—Earlier this month, 334 students descended the stairs of Kennett High School for the last time. A crowd of their closest family and friends greeted them below to celebrate their graduation.

“As we walk away from this building one last time and walk toward whatever journeys are waiting for us, I encourage you to never forget the memories we created here,” began Kelly Salmeron Alvarez.

There is no doubt, the Class of 2022 is going great places.

At KHS, an end-of-year survey indicated that at least seventy-five percent of the Class of 2022 will enroll in more than 200 colleges and universities. These seniors earned over $8.3 million in scholarships.

Another 15-plus percent plan to pursue careers, including approximately one percent who will serve our nation in the United States Military.

Several speakers recognized their peers’ remarkable resilience, especially through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Against all odds, we have been successful,” said Grace Pruitt.

Anne Holt added, “we all found the motivation, with help from our teachers, to step up. And, whether you feel like it or not, you are ready to step out into your world.”

“Today represents the fruit of our labor,” reflected Tiffany Lee.

Like Maribel Gonzalez, all also acknowledged that they could not have made it to this milestone alone. “For some, including myself, the KHS steps illustrate the journey our immigrant families took for us to have an opportunity like this,” she shared.

Others thank everyone who lives, works and plays in the area. “Seeing so many members of the community, people who do not even have graduates, come and support our class is a representation of how caring our town is,” commented Mary Harper. “We would not be the same people we are today if it were not for Kennett.”

KCSD Dignitaries included Board President Dr. Vicki Gehrt, Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber and KHS Principals Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Mr. Duane Kotz, Mrs. Eileen Rudisill and Mr. Jeffery Thomas.

After being instructed by Gehrt to officially turn the tassels on their graduation caps, Hritz congratulated the District’s newest alumni, saying “may nothing but good health, prosperity, happiness and the best of times come your way!”

For now, school’s out for Summer. Students in the Kennett Consolidated School District will return to their classrooms on Monday, August 29.

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