Valedictorian Ronald Cutler noted “...the absolute superb education provided by Lancaster High School.” He acknowledged the awkward moments each graduate experienced during their high school years, but said, “We see things the way we want to see them” instead of how things actually occurred.
Cutler is the son of Jessica and Richard Cutler of Lancaster. He will attend The College of William and Mary.
Cutler participated in track, cross county and wrestling. He was a member of the Key Club and participated in student government. He attended Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the jazz band.
An Eagle Scout, his community service participation includes coaching Special Olympics, helping the Northern Neck Food Bank, the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic and Youth Conservation Corps. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock.
Salutatorian Hannah Richardson also thanked teachers for helping the graduates reach their goals. “No matter where we go...we will always share common bonds...and memories,” she told fellow graduates.
Richardson is the daughter of Susan and Thomas Richardson of Weems. She will attend the University of Virginia.
Richardson participated in field hockey and the Academic Challenge teams. She attended the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and was a member of the Key Club, the National Honor Society and the band. Her community service includes serving as a docent at Historic Christ Church, volunteering at the Northern Neck Food Bank and Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity.
Senior class president Carli Hanback welcomed the friends and families of the graduates. She noted the class’s close camaraderie and how they began their high school years wondering how they would fit in. But through the years, the focus turned “...to more about each other than ourselves,” she said. Hanback saluted all the moms who got them out the door each morning and teachers who have “the most thankless job that exists.” But noted both “...helped us become who we are today.” She ended by taking a “selfie” picture on stage with Cutler and Richardson and with classmates in the background.
Cutler and Katherine Keyser were also presented associates degrees from Rappahannock Community College.
JROTC Corps Commander Joshua Moore led the pledge of allegiance. TreVon Waters and Lauren James sang, “Wake Me Up,” accompanied by pianist Christopher Ball. Graduate Kevin Thomas delivered the reading “To my fellow students,” and Margaret Smith was the students’ pick for faculty speaker.
Diplomas were presented by high school principal Dr. Holly Wargo with Deborah Thomas reading each name. Acting district superintendent Sandy Spears gave the declaration of graduation and the Lancaster High School Band, led by Robbie Spiers, played the traditional processional and recessional.