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Wewahitchka High School celebrates class of 2023

The 47 members of the Wewahitchka High School Class of 2023 graduated Friday evening, May 19, surrounded by family, friends and neighbors on the school’s football field.

Following a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” an invocation was offered by Jailyn Williams, and Katie Jones led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Senior Class Vice President Griffin Barnes offered a welcome address, followed by remarks from Superintendent Jim Norton. 

More than $200,000 was given in scholarships from community organizations.

Following the presentation of scholarships, Joey Salerno, the senior class president, delivered the graduation address, followed Principal Jay Bidwell’s address and the awarding of diplomas. Emma Birmingham delivered the farewell address, the class sang their school’s alma mater, a benediction was offered by Madison Easter, and the graduates tossed their caps to a cheering audience.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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