Congratulations should be extended to the Tyler Consolidated and Paden City high schools for achieving some of the best graduation rates in the state for the Class of 2016.
The Wildcats achieved a perfect 100 percent graduation, while the Silver Knights topped 97 percent during the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the state Department of Education.
"I do think that I was able to receive a fantastic education at Tyler Consolidated," TCHS alumnus Brittany Weekley said while studying for an exam at WVU. "The teachers cared a lot about if we were catching on to the concepts being taught, and reached out to students who were struggling."
Wildcats' Senior Class President Samuel Price added, "Paden City High School was able to make our learning experience more personal, which also allowed for the students to learn at their own pace. There is also a 'no man left behind' mentality at my alma mater; every student is given the amount of help they need to reach graduation."
The average graduation rate for West Virginia high schools in the 2015-2016 school year was 89.81 percent. That placed West Virginia among the top 20 states for graduation rates.
TCHS and Paden City's graduation rates show that it's not so much the size of the school or where it's located, so much as it is the heart of the students, staff and administrators.
Much praise should be offered to Silver Knights and Wildcats past and present, as they serve the Mountain State and nation.