Glenvar High School graduates 150
GLENVAR – Almost half of the 150 members of the Class of 2012 at Glenvar High School graduated with honors this morning in a ceremony featuring a Congressional Medal of Honor guest speaker and his graduating grandson.
Although Retired Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs is a Bronze Medal Winner, holds two Purple Hearts and a slew of other medals and honors, to grandson Kyle Jacobs, one of the school’s three valedictorians who spoke, he is simply “Granddad,” Principal Joe Hafey said.
Jacobs urged students not to waste any days, and to remember three things: “Life is precious. Time is a gift. If you have an opportunity to do something, take it.”
Jacobs asked the hundreds of family, friends and fellow students sitting in the bleachers at GHS’s Highlander Stadium and under a shady tent to show their appreciation for all who wore the uniform. About one fifth of the crowd stood to indicate they were veterans.
Grandson Kyle Jacobs, who will attend Virginia Tech to study chemical engineering, ended his brief remarks with, “Let’s have some fun today,” echoing what Drama Teacher Steve Franco had shouted to the lined-up seniors as they waited to process onto the field: “Don’t forget to have fun.”
Kyle Jacobs and Brooke Bennett, guided by junior class Ushers Sarah Thomson and Walker Peterson, led their class onto the field, with Valedictorian Hayley Field behind Bennett. Glenvar High School valedictorians all have 4.0 or better grade point averages.
For more details and photographs, read the June 14 issue of the Salem Times-Register.