On Friday evening, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., Appling County High School diplomas will be delivered to 197 seniors at Jimmy Swain Stadium. According to the school thirty-six percent of the graduates plan to attend a four-year university and twenty-five percent plan to attend a two-year college. Additionally, sixteen percent of the graduates plan to attend technical college. Thirteen percent will enter the military service and ten percent will enter the workforce. The remaining ten percent of the graduates are currently undecided.
Appling Christian Academy will hold a commencement exercise on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Baxley Church of God. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. The school has a total of 14 graduates this year.
For the most part we can be very proud of our Appling County Class of 2013. I congratulate them for their hard work. However, what we should not be proud of is the unfairness of graduating students who did not earn their degree. I know at least one student who wasn't passing a single class but was passed on anyway and the same student received a suspension(alcohol on campus)that would have put him over the allotted days allowed to miss, yet the suspension was reduced just so he could graduate. This isn't fair to the hard-working students who did meet all the graduation requirements.