Hilliard graduates begin journey to future success
Hilliard Middle-Senior High School honored the Class of 2019 during the annual military and academic signing ceremony May 17.
School officials, military representatives and family members attended the event to highlight students’ future plans. HMSHS held commencement at the University of North Florida May 18.
Of the 79 graduates, 47 plan to attend colleges or universities, 10 will enter the military and 22 will enter the workforce. Before the ceremony, more than $1.3 million in scholarships were awarded to seniors.
Serving the U.S. in the Air National Guard are Landon Conner, siblings Cade and Cole Johns and Reece Wade. Gabriel Wollitz plans to serve in the U.S. Air Force while Aaron Burnette, Elijah Eckels and Clayton Nelson will join the U.S. Army. Hunter Revill plans to enlist in the U.S. Marines. Timothy Cassel will serve in the U.S. Navy.
Many students will seek higher education, heading to Florida State University are Alexis Dortch, Makenzie Geiger, Natalee Sheffield and Kiersten Wright.
Colleen Geiger plans to attend Florida Southern University.
Florida State College at Jacksonville will welcome Allison Barber, Payton Bell, Kenneth Blalock, Tyler Browning, Bayley Canaday, Calem Cauley, Megan Colson and Peyton Conner.
Also attending FSCJ are Jillian Diana, Caleb Dunlap, Annah Dyal and Tristan Edwards, who plans to play softball for the Blue Wave. Madison Hamilton, Kaitlyn Harper, David Holoka , Nathaniel Hurst, Haley Jenkins, Breanna Johnson, Violet Knight, Blake Lunsford, Eric Mecom, Jacquelyn Reed, Cooper Ricketson and Raven Stroud will also study at FSCJ.
Rasmussen College will welcome Breanna Lowther while Rylee English, London Kassab, Constance Krolikowski, Madison Puckett, Claudia Romay and Josie Smythe will attend Sante Fe College.
Bailey Crawford plans to study at the District School of Ministry. Bo Hodges will attend The Baptist College of Florida.
Brealyn Holley will play softball for the Lady Vikings at St. Johns River State College. Cohen Adkins will study at the University of Florida. Headed to the University of North Florida are James Cannon, Emma Lewis, Ben Sharpe and Carly Smith.
Cameron Lee, Desmon’na Singleton and Brandon Whitley plan to attend Valdosta State University.
AVID teacher Amanda Moore hosted the event. Juniors from the AVID class assisted with the presentations. Amanda Sheldon is senior class sponsor.