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Middlesex High to graduate 94 Saturday

The 94 seniors of the Middlesex High School Class of 2013 will graduate on Saturday, June 15, at the John S. Clements Memorial Gymnasium in Saluda.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and admission is by ticket only. Those attending must enter through the main gym entrance. Additional parking is in the field across from MHS.

Welcoming remarks will be made by senior class president Lilly Kathleen Crown.

Rachel Ann Musick has been selected by the Senior Class to give the senior speech.

The diplomas will be presented by school superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor and MHS principal Jeannie Duke.

Assistant principal Susan Leggett and guidance counselors Kathy Page and Anne Baltrusaitis will announce the graduates as they accept their diplomas.

The senior recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 13, at MHS. Honor students will be presented their cords; and scholarships and senior awards will be announced.

The awards and scholarships also will be announced during graduation.

Recipients of the two highest awards—the Citizenship and Honor awards—will be announced at graduation on Saturday.

The graduation speaker will be Bradley Bess, a 2007 graduate of MHS.

Bess can truly be called a product of Middlesex. Bess was born and raised in Middlesex County and attended Wilton Elementary School, Rappahannock Central Elementary School, St. Clare Walker Middle School, and Middlesex High School.

Bess realized he wanted to be a journalist at a young age, after a family friend loaned him a copy of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Great Shark Hunt.” He still remembers reading “Fear and Loathing at the Kentucky Derby” for the first time and wanting to create a scene so vivid with words, it would make people feel as if they were there. Since then, “I knew I wanted to be someone who brought the stories of individuals and events to the masses,” said Bess.

Bess is the son of Tori and Bill Bess of Topping and currently resides in Richmond with his girlfriend of seven years, Jessica Manasco of West Point.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription and see names and photos of the MHS Class of 2013 on pages A4-A5 inside this week’s issue of the Sentinel.

posted 06.12.2013

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