Harrison County Superintendent states that Lincoln High School cannot make graduation changes

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UPDATE (3/18/21):

SHINNSTON, W.Va. – Lincoln High School Principal, David Decker, released updated information regarding the changing of gown colors for the upcoming graduation commencement.

The Superintendent of Harrison County Schools informed the principal that Lincoln High School cannot make any changes to the color of gowns for the class of 2021.

“Only selected members of the National Honor Society or National Technical Honor Society will be permitted to wear gold gowns. The remaining students are required to wear brown,” a statement explained.

In that statement, it was also recognized that graduation stoles will also remain the same as the previous year. Additionally, individuals will be permitted to wear cords, pins, and medallions as they did previously.

Principal Decker explained that he was thankful to those who put the effort into designing customized organizational stoles and the input he was given during the process.

ORIGINAL (3/11/2021):

SHINNSTON, W.Va. – Students and parents at a Shinnston high school held a protest on Thursday morning about a change made to the upcoming graduation ceremony.

Traditionally, Lincoln High School students who are members of the National Honor Society wear gold caps and gowns to graduation while other students wear either white or brown. This year, administration made the decision to allow all students to wear gold at graduation. Administration has also decided to permit any senior student currently failing to complete six assignments in order to receive a passing grade.

“Most of my friends are in National Honor Society and I just feel as if them getting the gold stripped away from them and given to everybody is not right for them and all the work they’ve put in since their freshman year here. Getting the hours in, getting good grades and actually applying for this type of stuff,” said LHS student Wayne Baker.

As a result, students and their parents protested before school to tell staff that they wanted honor students to be recognized for their accomplishments, especially during a year when so many other changes had to be made.

“Our senior year has just been ruined this year. This is just another thing to add on to the list of things that have gotten taken away from us this year,” said student Dana Westfall.

“We haven’t had one prom, we haven’t had a senior trip, we didn’t get homecoming-anything. The least they can do for us is honor our achievements.” added fellow senior Louis Rodina.

These seniors and parents want to use this protest to bring attention to what they feel are unfair changes and gather support from the community.

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