Central grad looks to future

Gracie Bailey, 17, of Woodstock, sits in front of a computer in government class at Central High School recently. Gracie, a senior, will graduate on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Looking forward to graduation on Friday, Central High School student Gracie Bailey said she hopes her work with the FFA might turn into a life-long career.

An active member of the school’s FFA program and member of the National Honor Society, she said she plans to attend Virginia Tech on a full-ride scholarship to major in animal and poultry sciences. She said she also hopes to pursue a master’s degree in education in order to teach agriscience at the middle school level.

“Central has provided a nice place for students to grow,” said the 17-year-old Woodstock resident. “The teachers here are very eager to help you, and whatever you want to do they are willing to find a way for you to accomplish it.”

She added that she has greatly benefited from the hands-on experiences her teachers have provided her during her four years at Central.

“Yes I have the knowledge, but being able to apply the knowledge was a lot different,” she said.

Gracie also said she hopes to return to Shenandoah County where she grew up in order to teach.

“I want to find my way back,” she said.

Central High School will hold its graduation ceremony for an estimated 192 students at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the football stadium, weather permitting. If it rains, the ceremony will be held in Central’s main gym.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com