The Dade County High School Class of 2020 will finally receive their diplomas this Friday after months of questions and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Memphis Poston is the Valedictorian of the 2020 class and is the son of Jeff and Julie Poston. His favorite memory from high school was hanging out with his friends at Wendy’s on Friday nights before the football games started. He was Captain of the Marching Band his senior year as well as FBLA Treasurer. His favorite subject was math and his favorite teachers were Chris and Heather Chance, Tonya Gatlin and Darlene Rodgers. He plans to attend Dalton State College but is not sure what he plans to major in just yet.
Jackson Wilkins is the Salutatorian of the 2020 class and is the son of Tiffany Wilkins. His favorite memory from high school was his first day of football practice where he got his nickname, “smiley”. He is a HOPE and Zell Miller scholar but is most proud of being the inaugural recipient of the Dade County Character Award. His favorite subject is history. He plans to attend the Naval Academy to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering before making a career in the Navy and retiring. He wants to thank Principal James Fahrney for suggesting the career path to him.
Cassidy Walker is the daughter of Larry and Connie Walker. During high school, she took part in audition only Georgia All-State choirs for five years and regional choirs for seven years. She also received several awards including the Principal’s Award, the Top Academic Student Award, an Attendance Award and Star Roll. Her favorite subjects were physics, chemistry and biology and her favorite teachers were Gabrielle Haston and Tonya Gatlin.
“Both of them have really helped me come out of my shell a lot and find where I’m comfortable and where I can grow as a person and professionally,” Walker said.
She plans to attend Dalton State College to graduate with a degree in Nursing and find work in Pediatrics in the Chattanooga area.
Drennan Evearitt is the son of Tad and Wendy Evearitt. He was President of the FBLA, a football player, soccer player, wrestler and also maintained Star Roll all four years of high school with a 4.0 GPA. His favorite subject was chemistry and his favorite teachers were Jeff Poston and Tonya Gatlin.
“[Poston] helped me get through a lot of stuff my sophomore year and helped me get into wrestling, which was one of the best experiences I had in high school,” Evearitt said. “I would also like to thank Tonya Gatlin because she put up with me all four years of high school.”
Graduation begins Friday at 9 a.m. at Magic Morgan Stadium.
Congratulations to everyone in the class of 2020 and good luck in all of your future endeavors.