Early grad ceremony held for state track qualifiers and others

Members of the boys track team celebrated graduation Thurday nightr. Photo provided.
News Release

WARSAW — Members of the Warsaw Community High School boys track team and others got a jump start on graduation Thursday night.

The event was held ahead of Friday’s main graduation ceremony.

The event honored the achievements of the boys track and field state qualifiers: Joey Rastrelli, Talan Asay, Blake Keene, Gabe Klein, Matt Marsh, Andrew Potter and Tyler Swartz, who will be competing at the IHSAA state finals and unable to attend the scheduled WCHS commencement ceremony on May 31.

In addition to the track and field state qualifiers, additional early graduates — Kya Howard, Riley Miller, Grady Sinclair-Lord, Fox Sitcler, Reece Weitze and Navaya Wiseley — were recognized for their inspiring achievements and their ability to overcome adversity.

During the ceremony, the graduates were recognized for their accomplishments and their representation of WCHS in the state track and field competition.

As a special tribute, each state qualifier wore an exclusive honor cord: their track shoes.

Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert, a former WCHS graduate and track and field state finalist, emphasized the dedication and perseverance of each student, “May you compete with all the heart and determination of the senior role models you are. May your shoes always stay tied (as a former coach, please double knot them). More than anything, may you celebrate by creating positive memories of your special graduation as a Warsaw Tiger.”

Board members Tom Westerhof, Matt Deuel, and Randy Polston were present to personally hand the graduates their diplomas.

WCHS principal Troy Akers added, “I want to thank Dr. Hoffert and our school board for allowing us the flexibility for this special graduation ceremony. We were delighted to provide a deserving group of seniors with their diplomas. Parents, friends and other guests celebrated this accomplishment with us; the evening was a huge success.

Graduates gathered after Thursday’s ceremony for photo. Photo provided.