113 graduate from Chesapeake

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 30, 2016

CHESAPEAKE — An hour before the graduation ceremony on Sunday, seniors and family members stood outside of Chesapeake High School, waiting for the doors to open.

Once the doors were unlocked, the class of 2016 was just one step closer to moving on to the real world.

Posing for photos and taking selfies, members of the senior class put on the traditional white and purple gowns and adjusted their mortarboards and tassels.

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“I’m extremely nervous,” said Michaela Webb. “There will be a lot of people watching me walk across the stage. It’s nerve racking.”

As for starting her college career, Webb wasn’t so scared. She plans to go to Marshall University and major in photojournalism.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I think it will be fun.”

Braden Ward said she was really excited about college and felt relaxed about graduating.

“I’m going to start a life. An actual life, my own,” she said.

Ward plans to study visual arts and graphic design at Marshall.

On Sunday, 113 received diplomas.

“We’re real proud of them,” Chesapeake High School Principal Chris Smith said. “Almost half are graduating with honors.”

Smith said the class was a well-rounded one that took part in many activities, from band, athletics and community service.

While some of the graduating seniors were anxious about the next phase in their lives, Smith said they really didn’t have anything to worry about.

“If they just keep doing what they have been doing as long as they have been here, they’ll be fine.”