Union County Class of 2021 bids farewell to their high school years

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Union County Class of 2021

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County’s 2021 graduates returned to a more traditional ceremony, as the pandemic continues to ease up across the United States.

The students matriculated arm-in-arm with their fellow classmates at Mike Colwell Memorial Stadium on May 21, 2021. Graduated joked that mother nature canceled all the class of 2021 field trips, never going to the Zoo in second grade, the CNN Center in fourth grade, or Appalachian Trail Hike or State Capitol trip in eighth grade. COVID-19 canceled all trips for a year and a half during their junior and senior years.

Class of 2021 consisted of 180 seniors with 11 going into the armed forces and countless others opting for higher education. They received $5 million in scholarships from national, state, school-sponsored, and local funds.

Aliceyn Covington and Will Potts played an acoustic arrangement. Covington received a horn scholarship and will be attending Eastman School of Music in New York, and Potts received a scholarship for the Bluegrass Degree Program at East Tennessee State University.

Union County Class of 2021

Covington and Potts from Union County Class of 2021.

All the speakers took their moment to reminisce about their childhood and educational experiences. They shared about their poor Ulympics performances while asking one of the future classes to please beat 2022. Teachers were thanked for their tireless hard work and dedication, especially during the pandemic. Finally, parents and families received recognition for their support and life lessons outside of the classroom.

Valedictorian Hannah Todd quoted Dr. Suess and Steve Jobs during her address to her peers.

“This is the beginning of the rest of your life, our lives, so what now?” Todd pondered. “We’ve bonded together, learned together won together, and lost together, but this is a new chapter in our lives, one in which we won’t be together every day.”

Salutatorian Hannah Patton echoed similar sentiments.

“One thing we all have in common at this moment in time is this small town, Blairsville, Ga,” Patton urged her classmates to think about the foundation Blairsville has provided. “I feel blessed to have grown up in a place like this – a place where God’s creation seen in every angle, a place that has given us so many memories and our best friends.

Once the ceremony ended, graduates and their friends and families enjoyed a firework show from the fine arts center across from the football field.

Woody Gap graduated three students on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Union County Class of 2021

The ceremony began shortly before sunset.

Mountain Area Christian Academy had 10 graduates for 2021. Mountain Education Charter High School graduated 26 students.

Congratulations to all 2021 graduates and good luck on your future endeavors!

Enjoy some photos of Union County Class of 2021. The entire ceremony can be viewed on Union County School’s Youtube. 

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