The ceremony featured an invocation from Briana Medina, student council president, and speech from senior Sarah Hart. Principal Candace Pohl delivered the commencement address, which garnered a standing ovation from the graduating class.
Just before graduates lined up to walk, Pohl surprised students with a presentation of scholarships. Jeovany Cespedes received a $500 scholarship from Claims Administrative Services for the Billy Hibbs Safety Award earned by the district. Zechariah Cooks-McGrew was awarded the $900 Charles Emich Scholarship in memory of the former DeWalt mathematics teacher who passed away in 2011. The $1,000 scholarship made possible by the Academy’s participation in the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center drives was presented to Kymani George.
La Porte ISD Academy of Viola DeWalt High School provides a non-traditional environment that focuses on specific academic needs for individual students. To learn more about The Academy, please visit the website.