Weiner H.S. holds last graduation before shutting down

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - The Weiner High School Class of 2013 graduated Friday evening.

As family and friends gathered to celebrate students' achievements, they also watched what could be the last class of seniors to ever graduate from WHS before the school shuts down for good on July 1.

Pictures, hugs and tears of joy and sadness seemed to be theme for the evening.

Principal Pam Hogue she did not want the school possibly closing to overshadow the success of the graduates. 

"I'm very excited for the Class of 2013. They've worked hard to get here tonight and I'm happy for them and their parents. Now, I do know it's a different night and it could be the last one, but we're not focusing on that. Our focus tonight is the celebration of this group of young people."

Senior Alex Jones said the memories he has made with the 16 boys and six girls in his class with stay with him forever. "It was a hard week this week. I came back actually. I had to walk the halls again."

Family and friends started arriving at the gym around 5:30 for the 7 p.m. ceremony to celebrate the new alumni and the generations of families that graduated before them.

Some scholarship awards are pending, but the total award amount as of May 17 for the WHS Class of 2013 is $230,350.

On March 11, the State Board of Education voted 5 to 2 in favor of a proposal submitted by Harrisburg Supt. Danny Sample to close the high school. 

Weiner merged with the Harrisburg School District in March 2010. Weiner High School supporters have lobbied state legislators and Harrisburg School District administrators to keep the high school open.

Click here, here and here for more details about the closure.

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