Jefferson High School kicks off end of the year with special ceremony for beloved teacher

West Virginia

A high school in Jefferson County kicked off the end of the year in a unique way with week-long celebrations. 

High school seniors at Jefferson High School took a moment to remember back to former teacher, Robert Neff, by planting a tree in his memory on Friday morning. Lisa Nalker says they were high school sweethearts. He passed away on August 10th, 2018 from a battle with cancer, working until the very last day of the school year.

“He loved this. He loved the school, he loved his co-workers, but most of all he loved the students,” said Nalker. 

Trevor Nupp, a senior, knew Mr. Neff. “He would say hi to everyone in the hallways and that’s what I remember about him,” he said. “His kindness that he gave off.”

The dedication ceremony was part of the school’s first senior salute, a way to celebrate the students’ post-high school plans, whether going to college, joining the military, or delving into the workforce. 

Layla Donaldson transferred halfway through the high school, coming from Hagerstown and has these words of advice for students going through a similar experience.

“Just ask questions. You can try to talk to people, make friends,”  Donaldson.

 Around 360 seniors took part in the festivities.

Jefferson High School’s graduation will be held on May 19th at 1 p.m. at Shepherd University. 
 

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