WINDERMERE Students filled the auditorium of Windermere High School on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to celebrate the official dedication of their new school.
Prior to the start of the ceremony, honored guests from the Orange County School Board and Orange County Public School officials enjoyed a buffet breakfast before being ushered into the auditorium. Principal Douglas Guthrie welcomed students and guests to the ceremony after junior Ashley Lambros kicked off the ceremonies by singing the National Anthem.
Special guests featured in the ceremonies included District 4 School Board Member Pam Gould, School Board Chair Bill Sublette and Superintendent Barbara Jenkins. Windermere Student Government Association President McKenna Griffitts also spoke during the event, expressing her enthusiasm at becoming a Wolverine.
During the ceremony, Jenkins informed the attendees that the final cost to build the school was $93.5 million. But she assured the students that they, “are worth every penny.”
She also challenged each class to strive for greatness and get the best GPAs in the county.
At the end of her remarks, Jenkins gifted the school with a framed picture of a wolverine with a quote from Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler that read, “In times of difficulty, those brave enough to stay the course will be victors in the end.”
In addition to the speeches, the Windermere High Choir sang the school’s Alma Mater, written by choir director Linda Boot, and the band filled the auditorium to perform the school’s fight song.
When the band finished performing, Guthrie and Griffitts snipped the ribbon as the students cheered.