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March 01, 2024

ACHS Graduation held May 27

STANDING OVATION — Alexander Central graduate Angel Gabriel Ortiz Perez received a standing ovation from school administrators and classmates when he received his diploma during the 2022 ACHS Commencement, held May 27. Former ACHS Principal Gordon Palmer is shown shaking hands with Perez with new Principal Jacob Lail applauding.


The 2022 Alexander Central High School Commencement was held on Friday, May 27, at the school’s Cougar Stadium.

A total of 228 graduates’ names were listed in the 2022 Commencement program.

Prelude music was provided by the Apple City Brass. ACHS Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets presented the colors. Beta Club Co-President Nolan Heath led the Pledge of
Allegiance and the band then performed the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

An invocation and welcome were said by senior Elijah Peal, with introduction of stage guests by Beta Club Co-President Sara Beth Inman.

Special music, including the alma mater song, was sung by senior chorus members.

Dr. Jennifer Hefner, Alexander County Schools Superintendent, gave remarks. Inman then gave the graduation address.

Diplomas were conferred to students by new Principal Jacob Lail, former Principal Gordon Palmer, and administrators Tyler Tomlin, Andrea Robinette, Ashley Mayo, and Jeff Mayo.

Senior Evan Presnell gave the benediction after diplomas were awarded. Closing remarks, due to rain beginning to fall, were kept short by Lail and Palmer.

Rain began in earnest at the end of the ceremony, which caused most attendees to quickly exit the stadium.

Senior file into Cougar Stadium on May 27, 2022.


Senior Sarah Beth Inman gives the graduation address to her classmates May 27 at the 2022 ACHS Commencement as Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner looks on.


Seniors toss their mortarboard caps into the air after ACHS Principal Jacob Lail declares the class graduated.


Fireworks lit up the sky as graduates exited Cougar Stadium on May 27, 2022.

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