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WHS graduates 348

Waynesville High School graduated 348 members of the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 21, at Tiger Stadium.
Seniors Pedro Rodriguez and Naudia Evans served as the class speakers. They were selected from a field of 18 outstanding applicants. Rodriguez spoke about how COVID created a sense of unity among the class and Evans talked about how being surrounded by those who love you during your life's journey is what's really important.
When this Class of 2021 entered their freshman year of high school, Waynesville High School announced its move to the cum laude system, a system that honors three levels of academic performance. With the new system, the following were recognized:
• 16 graduates for achieving Cum Laude status by earning a GPA of 3.8 to 3.99
• 10 graduates for achieving Magna Cum Laude honors by earning a GPA of 4.0-4.099
• 5 graduates for achieving Summa Cum Laude honors by earning a GPA of 4.1 and above
The cum laude system does not recognize a valedictorian and salutatorian, so tryouts for graduation speaker were held and the two graduation speakers were selected.
Evans is the daughter of Daphne and Anthony Evans and plans to attend Grand Canyon University. Rodriguez is the nephew of Blasa Ortiz and Vincent Rosales and plans to attend Missouri State University.
For the official WHS Graduation portraits, please go to and click the "order" button and then click on "view graduations." (The photos are typically listed by the DATE of the graduation and usually are available for purchase within one week of graduation.)
Photos by Mary Henry, WHS yearbook student
Issued May 27th, 2021