Get Breaking News

Enter your email address to sign up.

Receive special offers from

Avery High School Valedictorian Alexis Usko speaks to the audience at commencement
exercises while fellow honor students Kelly Jimenez and Lexi Lane look on from onstage. Photo
by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-06-12 23:11:59
Last modified: 2013-06-12 23:12:43

Avery High School wraps 2012-13 academic year with graduation ceremony

Jamie Shell / (

At 6:30 p.m. last Friday, June 7, the Avery County High School Class of 2013 was honored in commencement exercises at MacDonald Stadium.

Avery High School and Avery Board of Education conferred high school diplomas to 138 seniors. This year’s senior class earned scholarships in excess of $750,000.

A pair of musical performances, one by seniors Paige Henderson and Daniel Jones, as well as a performance by senior Katie Winkler, accented the commencement.

Each of Avery's three honor speakers, honor graduate Kelly Jimenez, salutatorian Lexi Lane and valedictorian Alexis Usko, shared words of wisdom and advice in their addresses to their classmates.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to

Additional Images