Sunset, fun, awards ....

Marking last week for Farragut High School Class of 2022

  • Farragut High School 12th-Grade assistant principal Cara Vaughn, front, with seniors, clockwise from left, Kate Priest, Nick Blum, Cade Beooker, Madison Foshie, Maeve O’Sullivan and Keeleigh Rogers on their last day of school Friday, May 13. - Photo submitted

  • FHS seniors Alexis Foley, right, and Dawson Moore (not pictured) each received the Charlotte and Coach Lendon Welch Scholarship from the late couple’s daughter, LeAnn Welch Mowery, during Senior Awards night Tuesday, May 10. - Photo submitted

  • Farragut High School Senior Austin Cade was one of dozens of seniors who received “Spirit Balloons” Friday, May 13, commemorating the students’ last official school day. The event, a partnership with Above the Rest Balloons & Event Designs, raised $4,900 for auditorium renovations. - Photo submitted

Farragut High School’s Class of 2022 received quite a send-off during “Senior Celebration Week.”

12th-Grade principal Cara Vaughn oversaw the activities, which officially kicked off Monday, May 9, with Senior Sunset, hosted by the Student Government Association, on Bill Clabo Field inside Eddie Courtney Stadium on campus.

“Students played spike ball and other games, and watched the sunset,” said Vaughn, who noted it was the companion activity to the “Senior Sunrise” students enjoyed during the first weeks of senior year.

Tuesday, May 10, a “Seniors vs. Staff” basketball game was front and center, with the staff pulling out a 45-39 upset over the senior class players.

“The entire school was invited to attend and included a staff and student cheering section,” Vaughn said. “We had a hula hoop contest at halftime, and a performance from our ‘cheer squad.”

Later that night, Senior Awards were presented, including scholarships and departmental awards.

Not a comprehensive list, but honors included:

The Compass Award, given to Christopher Bove and Joselyn Duncan; Student Ambassadors recognized were Martin Aranda and Brett Holloway; and CTE-AG Science Awards went to Ashley Hilbelink and Emma Helton;

CTE-Business Students of the Year Awards to Carter Mayfield and Ashley van Tol; ELA Awards to Samantha Molleur and Luke Wanca; Math Awards to Keara Tibbs and Raymond Jin; and NJROTC awards to Kuxh Nayee and Kiley Lum.

Performing Arts and Band Awards to Jami Holder and Caleb Wanca; Performing Arts-Chorus Awards to Christian Graves and Garrett McCloskey; Performing Arts-Orchestra Award to Jackson Presnell; Performing Arts-Theatre Awards to Hanna Liske and Mary Claire Carter; Physical Education Awards to Max Pham and Hunger Shields; and Science Awards to Joseph Martin and Selene Tan.

Social Studies Awards went to Laura Gilliard (who also received the Commercial Bank Spirit Scholarship) and Sana Boghani (who also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award); and Visual Arts Awards to Magnolia Evans and Angelica Ruhbusch,

Among scholarships given were the NFL Scholarship to Kate Priest; Ned McWherter Scholarships to Selom Bediako, Olivia Layman, Kelly Su and Nathan Stewart; Optimist Club of Knoxville’s Henry Naff Foundation Scholarships to Omayah El-Salim and Laura Gilliard; Michael David Green Scholarships to Olivia Layman and Jamisen Holder; Ryan Shoupe Scholarship to Evan Deucker; and Charlotte and Lendon Welch Scholarships to Alexis Foley and Dawson Moore.

Fun and festivities, including a slide show, continued Wednesday, May 11, with Senior Luncheon at The Lighthouse. Seniors also enjoyed “Party at the Pinnacle” Thursday, May 12, at Regal Cinemas in Turkey Creek, as breakfast preceded a screening of the new “Doctor Strange” movie.

On their last official day, Friday, May 13, seniors were surprised by “Spirit Balloons” along the senior parking lot.

Seniors also picked up their caps and gowns and boarded school buses to pay a visit to Farragut Primary School, “back to where many of them began their educational journey,” Vaughn said.

“They walked through the halls ‘high-fiving’ students and hugging teachers. We then hosted ‘Anchors Aweigh’ ... and spent the last hour of the day signing yearbooks in the Commons area,” she added.

Baccalaureate services were held Sunday, May 15, in Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.

Graduation ceremonies are set to begin at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 22, on Bill Clabo Field.