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Hurricane High School, one of the last classes of 2024 groups to graduate – WCHS Network | News • Sports • Business

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hurricane students will officially become a new group of graduating high school seniors who will join the class of 2024 in their big moment.

Hurricane High School was also the last class in Putnam County to walk across the stage Tuesday and receive their diplomas this year, as well as the last to complete the series of commencement ceremonies at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

Hurricane High principal Josh Caldwell said there is never a dull moment watching students complete the big milestone.

“You’re proud of your senior class when they graduate and this was a great group of kids,” Caldwell said. “They accomplished a lot in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities, they were just a great group of kids and we are proud to see them reach this chapter of their educational careers.”

About 310 Hurricane High School students graduated Tuesday. It was the school’s 102nd annual commencement.

Caldwell said there are students who go on to all colleges in the state and across the country, and even some who may go overseas if they join the military.

“We have kids that are going everywhere, you know, into the workforce, so we’re proud of all of them no matter what they do,” Caldwell said.

Paisley Tabor, valedictorian for the class of 2024, is headed to Stanford University in California.

She said she visited Stanford a few years ago and fell in love with it. Since then, Tabor said actually getting there has been a challenge.

“Since then, I’ve done everything I can to take weighted AP classes and dual credit classes, and I’ve just done my best at that,” Tabor.

Tabor plans to study engineering. She said her love of STEM and problem solving helped her make that decision, and both of her parents, who were both engineers, also helped, Tabor said.

She said her education at Hurricane High also helped prepare her for her big move.

“Specifically, I have been taking an aerospace engineering course for the past four years, which was my favorite subject and definitely prepared me to continue,” she said.

However, Tabor said she will miss everything she leaves behind.

“I will definitely miss the people the most. I have best friends here and I am very sad to leave them, but I am really looking forward to the future,” said Tabor.

Spring Valley High School and Wayne High School in Wayne County are two of the latest high schools in the state to graduate. They will hold their ceremonies on Saturday, June 8.

Tolsia High School in Wayne County will be graduating next Thursday, June 6.

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