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On a day full of rain, West Iredell High School’s graduating seniors, along with family and friends, gathered in the school gym for the new graduates to collect their diplomas and to celebrate the Warrior Class of 2019.

The gym was filled to capacity, with only standing room available to the later attendees. The room continued to warm throughout the graduation ceremony, as programs became fans for more and more attendees.

Attendees stood as seniors began walking into the gym, many taking photographs and giving personal cheers to those they came to support.


The audience became silent when the Warrior JROTC entered the gym, which then conducted the presentation of colors.

“The staff at West Iredell High School has done a grea t job preparing us for the next step in our lives,” said Justin Dagenhart, the honor speaker. “Our teachers were teaching us more than just their subjects, but also life lessons we’ll be able to carry with us through our life journey. I’ve never known a Warrior to back away from a challenge, no matter what the task or journey might be.”


West Iredell Principal Ellyn Gaither addressed the graduates: “You have definitely left a mark on West Iredell High School. Some of you will model success and responsibility in the world of work as you embark on your careers. Others will lead in service to our country in our armed forces. And some will continue your education in college. With all of your accomplishments, you leave behind a legacy and a challenge for our underclassmen.”

The class has thus far been awarded approximately $1.5 million in scholarships.

After Gaither addressed the audience, the new graduates walked across the stage one by one to accept their diplomas.

“You have truly shown our younger students the potential they have and what being a Warrior is all about,” Gaither said. “As you embark on your new journey, I hope you find answers to your deepest and most important questions and find success and happiness.”

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