Capping Ceremony Friday at WHS
A longstanding tradition returns to Watauga High School: The Capping Ceremony.
It happens Friday at 4:30 p.m., and this year's ceremony has the nostalgic edge of being the last time seniors will be capped at the old high school.
The class of 2010 has 315 senior candidates for graduation.
Compare that to 1966, when 323 seniors walked across the stage for the first time.
"No matter what, it will be smaller than the first class," Watauga County Schools spokesman Marshall Ashcraft said.
Capping is a right of passage at Watauga, according to senior counselor Jane Rogers. She's been senior counselor since 1986 and has seen hoards of students walk across the stage.
"[Friday] is really kind of a big night for the kids here," she said.
The ceremony starts with a processional into the main gymnasium.
"Then the capper will robe and cap the senior, and then the senior class is presented for the first time," Rogers said.
Cappers are traditionally juniors, though the superior size of the senior class means underclassmen will join in the ceremony. It's not just about the students.
"It's really moving for the parents," Rogers said. "It's something nice to see."
The capping ceremony will be followed by an awards ceremony, where departmental awards will be issued to deserving students, and that's not all.
"We'll also give out the valedictory and salutatory awards," she said.
This year's valedictorian and salutatorian are Willis Kennedy and Aidan Berry, respectively.
The last day of class at the new high school is June 4, to be followed by graduation June 5 at 11 a.m.
Then, to those seniors left behind, it's on to the new high school in the fall.