2023 Graduation

  • From left are graduates Emma Grace Oliver, Daisy Arnwine, Grace Deckard, Eli Johnson, Ali Bloomer and Eleni Johnson

  • Hardin Valley Academy’s Class of 2023 threw their hats to officially signal they were graduates and conclude the Commencement Ceremony.

  • Alex Clayton Smith awarded by Carrie Brimi, HVA STEM dean

  • KCS Superintendent Dr. Jon Rysewyk and Abigail Grace Barnes

  • Cadence Jean Malone, left, with Betsy Henderson, KCBE 6th District representative

  • Graduate Alexandria Grace Wells

  • Graduate Parker Jacob Akins is alongside family members. From left are Alex Akins, brother; GeeGee Grime, grandmother; Chris Akins, father; Crosby Akins, brother, 11; Christine Akins, mother; and Hadley Spreng, girlfriend.

  • Ella Faith Shipley and Dr. Jon Rysewyk

  • Marcus David Bishop and principal Deborah K. Sayers

  • Alyssa Katy Ella and Dr. Jon Rysewyk

  • Lauren Eliza Brooke Wood and principal Deborah K. Sayers

  • Nathan Brusseau, BHS Class of 2023 Salutatorian, is alongside several family members after the Commencement Ceremony: front row, from left are Gabe Harper, cousin; Chelsie Brusseau, sister; Nancy Sampson, grandmother; Taylor Brusseau, sister; Hannah Brusseau, cousin; Margie Brusseau, grandmother; Connor Brusseau (red shirt) cousin; Patti Wilson, aunt; and Dan Wilson, uncle. Back row, from left, are Sara Harper, aunt; Carrie Brusseau, mother; Andy Brusseau, uncle; Mike Brusseau, father; Steve Brusseau, uncle; and Larry Brusseau, grandfather.

Hardin Valley Academy

Hardin Valley Academy’s 442 graduates received their diplomas to culminate the school’s Commencement Ceremony in HVA Stadium Friday, May 26. The evening marked recognition for top students, such as valedictorian Grace Deckard, salutatorian Eli Johnson, Hawk Award recipient Valeria Covarrubias, five who enlisted in the military and all students who were offered $23,514,478 in scholarships.

Bearden High School

While setting a school record with $36,255,176 in total scholarship dollars, Bearden High School’s Class of 2023 was celebrated with a Commencement Ceremony taking place on campus in a packed John H. Burnette Stadium, on Bill Young Field, Wednesday evening, May 31.

Speakers addressing the class of roughly 450 graduates featured BHS principal Deborah K. Sayers. Also among the speakers were valedictorian Kathleen Hartono and class president Rayna Joshi.

Among those attending was Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Knox County Schools superintendent, who joined Sayers during the diploma ceremony.

Hardin Valley photos by Tammy Cheek | Bearden photos by Alan Sloan