SCHS Graduation: Featuring Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Social Circle High School is planning its in-person Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony for its 110 seniors at 8 p.m. on July 24th. On May 22, at the end of the school year, they had their senior parade through town ending in front of the school where yearbooks, senior letters, and diplomas were given out. This will give them the final send-off before they officially begin the next stage of their lives. SCHS’s Class of 2020 valedictorian Faith Victoria Reed and salutatorian Jeffrey Scott Cohenour will be recognized at the ceremony.

Valedictorian- Faith Victoria Reed

Reed will attend the University of Georgia in the Fall of 2020.  She intends to transfer in her 60 hours of college credit from the Dual Enrollment program to make for a fast bachelor’s degree, which will allow her to apply for dentistry school relatively quickly.  She has been a four-year member of the Social Circle High School Marching Band, where she has served as the percussion section leader. She also has been a member of the Redskins Swim Team, and a competitive member of the Health Occupations Students of America, where she has been invited to compete at the international conference her sophomore year and senior year.  She also is the Senior Class President.  Her parents are Daren and Rebecca Reed.

“It was truly a surprise to be named valedictorian. I know there were about three of us who continuously switched ranks all four years. Walking into the meeting, I was not sure what to expect. When Mr. Armstrong told me I was valedictorian, I did not believe him at first. Being valedictorian is a true honor, and I am so proud to represent my class,” she said. “I am so ready to graduate, but I will miss a lot about high school. Social Circle is such a small town, and it has so many perks. The teachers are amazing and truly care. Of course, I will miss seeing my friends every day and sitting in the parking lot dreading the 7:45 bell. However, I will miss our family-like atmosphere more than anything.”

Reed said she has never been more excited than she is now at the prospect of attending UGA. “UGA has been my dream school since I was old enough to watch football. I am ready to live in a much bigger city, I am so excited for my roommates, and the dining halls are amazing. Let’s be real though, I am most excited about Saturdays in Athens,” she said. “This semester has been so hard for Social Circle’s senior class. After losing two of our classmates, we were barely getting back into a new normal, and our senior year was taken from us by COVID-19. It has been over a month since I have seen any of my friends, and this experience has been heartbreaking in different ways every day. However, our administration has been awesome and has made every effort to honor us. I am forever grateful for Social Circle High School.”

Salutatorian – Jeffrey Scott Cohenour

Cohenour will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2020.  He is SCHS 2020 STAR Student, a designation given to the student with the highest SAT score. As a dual enrollment student, he will graduate with 45 hours of college credit. In the Summer of 2019, and for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year, he has worked with the commercial construction company, Holder Construction Company, where he has been a laborer helping to build the new Facebook hub in Newton County in the Work-Based Learning Program. Throughout his time there, he has gained valuable experience working in an industry that will one-day feature implements and machinery that he may well design as a mechanical engineer.  His parents are Scott and Cathryn Cohenour.

While he is looking forward to college, there are some things that Cohenour says he will miss about his high school, particularly since missing some of the senior year traditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With me being full-time dual enrollment and work-based learning participant this school year, I was really looking forward to prom and other social events where I would be able to see the people I never had the chance to see on a daily basis. These events being canceled is what has had the most effect on my senior year. With Social Circle being such a small, close-knit community, where everyone seems to know each other and get along, I will miss the friends I have known and taken classes with for the entirety of my time at Social Circle,” he said. “In college, I actually look forward to diving into a completely different environment which I am not accustomed to, where I can meet a magnitude of different people I wouldn’t have the chance to meet if I didn’t attend college.” 

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