The graduations the next two days will be as much a celebration of community as the Classes of 2018.
The gyms, the R. Marion Craig Coliseum in Port St. Joe and the Wewahitchka High School gymnasium, are typically bulging with people, not just parents, friends and family of the graduates but also those counted as simply friends of the schools, friends of the community.
There are the local funds donated for scholarships each year, running well into six figures and providing a boost to the next stage in life for a wide demographic of students.
The line-up of presenters for those scholarships is as prodigious as the scholarship dollars, pushing ceremonies far beyond the stage stroll and diploma-handing, though no one is complaining.
And the night ends with a sense of community, with Project Graduation events to which, typically, much of the community, and beyond, has contributed.
Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will get things started 7 p.m. ET tonight and Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High will complete the ceremonies 7 p.m. CT Friday.
We present, the Class of 2018 (see senior portraits pages A8-A9).
Port St. Joe High School graduates
Christopher Blake Adams, Claudia Grace Alcorn, Christopher Jacob Anderson, Morgan Amber Anderson, Alexandra Maria Arnold, Islord Joseph Lee Arroyo, Braden Chase Baumgardner, Avia Rose Bell, Haylee Marie Bonner, Grace Kellyann Bosstick, Christopher Brandon Brant, Maximus Leon Burgos-Harris;
Ashton Karissa Childress, Celeste Nicole Chiles, Sha’Mario Quanesha Cole, Austin Charles Cook, Matthew Christopher Costin, Grace Emma Cyrderman, Courtney Renee Davidson, Alvin Lee Dempsey III, Aidan Boyd Evans, Destiny Diondra Gadson, Allison Ward Gerspacher, James William Giles;
Jamison Burke Godwin, Christopher Daniel Griffin, Madison Rivoire Hagler, Andrew David Harcus, Drew Tyler Harrell, Elijah Seth Hester, Tyrece Ahage Hicks, Walker Ashton Howell, Courtney Jo-Ann Huff, Teiyahna Keaira Hutchinson, Nicholas Owen James, Aliyah Aurion Johnson;
Mason Lee Johnson, Thomas Brooks Kennington, Austin John Konorosky, Caleb Shawn Kyle, Dakarian Fidel Larry, Georgia Alexis Lee, Hannah Claire Lee, Lacey Nicole Linton, Jonathan Justin Love, Kanon Devalcio Martin, Lashavion Milakia McCloud, Sharavia Linda Nyshaun McNair, William Thomas Miniat;
William Ashley Mullen, Breanna Michelle Murray, Sydnee Johannah O’Donnell, John Marios Pateritsas, Jake Stephen Paterson, Jaiva Javelle Patterson, Rowan Talis Paul, Marcella Danae Phelps, Zy’Keriah Shavon Pittman, Lexie Leann Plair, Brooklynn Chaunteya Quinn, Jarred Colby Quinn, Bryce Martin Register;
Matthew Jacob Renfro, Isaac Nicholas Rocha, De’Amber Marcella Rolack, Michael Wilson Sherrill, Eden Alane Spring, Christopher Paul Stockton, Jasmin Jermaine Thomas, Jr., Cole Alan Thursby, Joshua Troy Tully, Machaela Elise Turrell, Adria Noelle Valenzuela, Hunter Matthew Ward, James Hayden White, Trent Joseph Wiser, Blake Elton Wood.
Wewahitchka High School graduates
Brandon Taylor Ake, Brianna Nichole Bailey, Sabra Cheyenne Baker, Alexis Kay Bass, Jonah David Bidwell, Tia'sheunna Lattrell Black, Autumn Cheyenne Bragg, Caleb Allen Burrows, Takaylynn Queen Sekayi Carter, Chante’ Yvonne Cummings, Kayla Maggie Cody;
Malachi Austin Davenport, Jessica Hope Davis, Erica Beth Edmondson, Haley Lynn Edmondson, Scarlet Madison Estelle Falls, Austin Michael Garrett, Sharon Brianna Greene, Austin Brook Haddock, Garreth Craig Hamm, Savannah Michelle Harrison, Kaylee Marie Harvey;
Ashley Kirsten Hendrix, Michael Wayne Hensley, Riley Lewaine Hicks, Dakota Cheyenne Hornsby, Jacob Nathaniel Huft, Ennesia Shakina Hughes, Cheyenne Marie Hunt, Eddie RaSheed Hunter, Katelyn Brooke Hysmith, Jacobi Marquez Jones, Shannon Michael Jones;
Zachary Adam Kemp, Jordon Elizabeth Konkol, Samantha Nichole Lanier, Garret James Leavens, Angela Marie Long, Lillian Kiana Maguadog, Brooke Elizabeth McMillian, Kristen Delaney McMillion, Janna Marie Miles, Connor Vaughan Mills, Jocelyn Noelle Minchew; Alexis Marie Morrill, Jaylunn Shea-Powell Obee;
Dustin Naomi Lenora Parker, Wesley Kaden Phillips, Alexandria Rose Pitts, Nyrone Keith Pray, Brandi Rene Purswell, Bayleigh Leann Reno, Brianna Marie Rhoades, Sarah Devin Rhoades, Emily Kay Roberts, Mya Baileigh Schram, Anna Katherine Setterich, Christian Levi Smith, Jonas Ian Shockley, Derik Siliezar, Rylee Grace Waters.