June6, 2017

George Washington Community High School’s graduating seniors participate in annual capping ceremony on Monument Circle.    On asunny Tuesday afternoon, on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument onMonument Circle, purple and white balloons painted the sky as George WashingtonCommunity High School began its second annual capping ceremony for itsgraduating seniors.

“Wewant to celebrate the success of our students either being employed, enrolledor enlisted,” said George Washington Assistant Principal Patrick Kennison.“It’s important for us to let the whole city know the hard work that thesestudents are doing and their plans for the future.”

GeorgeWashington’s Class of 2017 has 64 graduating seniors. It’s a tremendous achievementfor a school that just a few years ago had only a 50 percent graduation rate,according to Principal Emily A. Butler.

Therewas an overwhelming sense of pride from both family members and GeorgeWashington underclassmen in attendance at the capping ceremony as Kennisonannounced each graduating senior and handed them a baseball cap representingthe college/university they will attend this fall or the division of the armedforces they’ve joined.This year’s caps represented Vincennes University, Indiana State University, IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech and many more institutions of higher learning. “It’sreally great to see my hard work shown and I’m really happy that I will be movingforward,” said Jalen W., a graduating senior and George Washington’s Athlete ofthe Year. Jalen, who plans to enlist in the National Guard, will attend VincennesUniversity.

Althoughonly in its second year, the capping ceremony is a highlight for students andstaff.

“One ofthe first things we wanted to do (at George Washington) was create a positiveculture, and one of the ways to do that is to build traditions that students lookforward to,” said Principal Butler.

With such a beautifulturnout this year, it’s with great anticipation that this trend of success willcontinue as George Washington graduates more of its students in the future.

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