Chatham, Dan River, Gretna, and Tunstall high schools in Pittsylvania County and George Washington High School, Galileo Magnet School, and John M. Langston Focus School in Danville will hold graduation this week.

Private schools Chatham Hall and Faith Christian Academy also will hold commencement.


Chatham High School’s graduation is Saturday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at Averett University’s Grant Convocation Center on Mount Cross Road.

The Class of 2015 has 147 seniors, including 74 boys and 73 girls.

Janie Ellen Adkins is Chatham High’s valedictorian and Diana Angelica Sanchez Godinez is the salutatorian.

Adkins, who has a 4.7 grade-point average, will attend Virginia Tech and plans to major in animal science.

She is the daughter of Michael and Mary Adkins of Mount Hermon.

Sanchez has a 4.65 grade-point average and plans to attend the University of Virginia.

She wants to major in biology and minor in French, and hopes to become a pediatrician.  

Her parents are David Sanchez de la Vega and Angelica Godinez Gonzalez of Mount Hermon.

Other graduation speakers include Student Council Association President Noah Malpass and senior class President Ciro Aversano.


Dan River High School’s commencement will take place Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at Averett University’s Grant Convocation Center.

Dan River’s Class of 2015 has 165 seniors, including 80 boys and 85 girls.

Valedictorian is Paul Ryland Henderson and salutatorian is Zackary Taylor Hogan.

Henderson, who has a 4.607 grade-point average, is the son of Ryland and Kim Henderson of Ringgold.

Henderson also was valedictorian of the Piedmont Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology.

Henderson plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and medical school to become an academic physician.

Hogan, who has a 4.56 grade-point average, is the son of Randy and Jennifer Hogan of Keeling.

After a two-year mission trip with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he plans to attend the College of William and Mary become an investment banker.


Gretna High School will hold commencement Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Averett University’s Grant Convocation Center.

The Class of 2015 has 144 seniors, including 67 boys and 77 girls.

Joshua Matthew Hall and Ethan Barnes are Gretna High’s top students. Hall is the school’s valedictorian and Barnes is salutatorian.

Hall, who has a 4.5 grade-point average has been accepted to Virginia Tech and plans to study aerospace engineering.

He is the son of Matthew and Susan Hall of Gretna.

Barnes, with a 4.48 grade-point average, plans to attend Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and major in mechanical engineering.

He is the son of Brad and Tamela Barnes of Hurt.

Speakers also will include senior class president Samantha Ayers, vice president Desree Cohen, secretary Megan Osborne, and treasurer Samantha Mayhew.


Tunstall High School has 225 seniors in the Class of 2015. The class includes 126 boys and 99 girls.

Graduation will take place Saturday, May 23, at 9 a.m. at Averett University’s Grant Convocation Center.

Topping the class are valedictorian Landon Holley and salutatorian Hunter Liles.

Holley, who has a 4.63 grade-point average, plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in biomedical engineering. He hopes to attend dental school and become an orthodontist.

He is the son of Wayne and Jennifer Holley of Danville.

Liles, with a 4.60 grade-point average, plans to attend Virginia Tech and major in animal science with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine. She hopes to become a large animal and equine veterinarian.

Liles is the daughter of Matthew and Cathy Liles of Danville.


John M. Langston Focus School’s graduation is set for Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Thirty-three seniors are prepared to graduate.

At the top of the class are valedictorian Denise Jamie Day with a grade point average of 3.368 and salutatorian Chelsie Lichelle Jackson with a grade point average of 3.363.

Day, who is the daughter of Ramona Smith and Dennis Day of Danville, is interested in business administration, criminal justice, and veterinary medicine.

She plans to attend Danville Community College for two years and transfer to a four-year university.

Jackson is the daughter of Janice Jackson and Frankie Jackson of Danville.

Accepted to Johnson and Wells University in Charlotte, N.C., she plans to major in culinary arts and would like to open a pastry shop or bakery.


The Class of 2015 at Galileo Magnet School is comprised of 51 seniors ready to graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

Class valedictorian is Jonathan Rashad McCain with a grade point average of 4.5.

McCain is the son of Roveta and John McCain of Caswell County, N.C.

He plans to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and study biology and environmental science with a minor in Spanish.

Galileo’s salutatorian, Unnisa Mehr, is the daughter of Tahmina Shahid and Shahid Javid of Danville.

She will attend Punjab Medical College in Pakistan and hopes to become a pediatrician.


Almost 300 seniors are set to graduate from George Washington High School at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, May 23.

The valedictorian for the Class of 2015 is Domitilo Gomez, son of Martin Gomez Ruiz and Maria Guadalupe Perez.

Gomez plans to attend the University of Virginia and major in biology. He would like to have career in the medical field.

John Christopher Campbell, son of Dr. Joseph and Melanie Campbell, is the salutatorian.

He also will attend the University of Virginia this fall and wants to major in political science. Campbell said he would like to either go to law school or become a lobbyist.


Eight local girls will be among the seniors who receive diplomas at Chatham Hall’s graduation Saturday, May 23.

A baccalaureate ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel followed by commencement on the lawn at 11 a.m.

Local graduates include Annika Tice of Java, Mary-Michael Robertson of Hurt, Rachel Neller of Halifax, Mary Catherine Craft of Danville, Jingi Taylor Hairston of Danville, Mereweather Paige Lackey of Danville, Ivy Shelton of Altavista, and Alyssa Parrish of Blairs.


Caitlyn Pritchard and Collin Irby lead this year’s graduating class at Faith Christian Academy in Hurt.

The 17-year-olds are co-valedictorians. Each has a grade-point average of 4.3.

They will speak at Faith Christian’s graduation, which will be held Friday, May 22, in the school gym at 7 p.m.

Pritchard, who lives in Gretna, will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg. She wants to pursue something in the medical field, possibly being a nurse practitioner.

She’s the daughter of Shannon Pritchard and Aaron Pritchard.

Irby, who lives in Evington, will attend Liberty University and wants to pursue mechanical engineering.

He is the son of Doug and Cindy Irby.


Westover Christian Academy will hold graduation Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. for 26 seniors.

At the top of the class are co-valedictorians Sarah Elizabeth Meadows and Nathan Charles Honea with grade point averages of 4.21.

Salutatorian is Sarah Grace East with a grade point average of 4.17.

Meadows, who is the daughter of Kevin and Pamela Meadows of Keeling, plans to attend Liberty University and major in biomedical science.

Honea is the son of Robert and Glenda Honea of Danville.

He is going to Gardiner Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., in the fall and said he will probably study film and religion.

East is going to Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., and plans to study education. She is interested in teaching history at the middle or high school level.

She is the daughter of Dan and Michelle East of Danville.

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