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Skyline High School senior Rileigh Hirsch, of Front Royal, stands outside the school on Wednesday afternoon. She will join her classmates for commencement exercises at 11 a.m. Saturday.

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School senior Rileigh Hirsch is excited to be graduating.

“It feels fantastic,” she said. “After being in school for 12 years, up until this point, it feels very good.”

Hirsch will be one of 187 seniors accepting diplomas at Skyline High School on Saturday. She said she will miss her teachers most of all.

“They got me through high school,” she said.

Hirsch said that her favorite thing at Skyline High School was the availability of classes.

“I’ve taken a lot of duel-enrollment AP classes,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities here.”

Hirsch said her favorite classes were her AP courses and the math courses she took.

“I love math,” she said. “I love Mary Kenney, who teaches all of the math courses here. Calculus is my forte.”

Hirsch has represented Skyline High School by playing on the school’s varsity volleyball team for three years and was a member of the track team in eighth grade.

“I’ve been very involved at Skyline,” she said.

Hirsch said that she is planning to attend Virginia Tech in the fall to start her pre-medical studies with hopes of becoming a doctor. She is also planning to continue her education at the University of Virginia.

According to Tammy VanEtten, the director of school counseling at Skyline High School, 60 graduates plan to attend a four-year college, while 75 graduates will attend a two-year college.

Twelve graduates will continue their education in a trade or technical school and seven will enlist in the military. There will be 33 graduates who will join the workforce.

The graduation ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the school. Speakers are school principal Michael Smith, Madelyn Nicole Knight, the student council president for the class of 2019, and Molly Mae Meador, the president of the class of 2019.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com