GDT – Gallia Academy presents 146 diplomas to Class of ’17

By Morgan McKinniss –

Gallia Academy
Members of the Gallia Academy Class of 2017 enter the gymnasium for the last time as high school students, standing as the faculty follows suit. Morgan McKinniss/OVP

CENTENARY — On Friday evening Gallia Academy High School graduated 146 seniors. Commencement began at 7 p.m. promptly with a welcome and address by Gallipolis City Schools Superintendent Roger Mace. Present were the administrative staff of GAHS, as well as the school board members.

Joining them on stage was the representatives of the top 10 percent of the class, four students who excelled in academics, leadership, and character. Miles Cornwell, Mesa Polcyn, Kirk Saunders, and Jared Stevens. These four addressed their fellow classmates with all discussing their time at Gallia Academy, memories made, special moments, and lessons learned. They emphasized the relationships they have made and how those friendships will “go forth” with them for the rest of their lives. Most importantly of all, they were thankful for those who have helped them thus far – parents, teachers, friends, and mentors. The importance of working together and the gladness of fellow students colored the evening.

Special honor was given to the late Nancy Vaughn. Vaughn passed away in November of 2016, and served as an English teacher and guidance counselor for 36 years.