East Mont High student’s graduation speech video highlighted by Sen. Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has chosen to highlight a graduation speech video submitted by Eastern Montgomery High School’s Annalyse McHone. McHone is pictured as she signs a letter of intent to run cross country and track at Emory and Henry College.

In April, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched the “Everybody’s the Graduation Speaker” video contest. With many in-person graduations postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus, Kaine used the contest to encourage Virginia’s graduating high school seniors to submit a video of an original speech they would like to give at graduation. Kaine then selected speeches to feature on his Facebook page and website during May and June to celebrate the graduates.

On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Kaine announced that one of the speeches he had chosen to highlight was that of Eastern Montgomery High School’s Annalyse McHone from Elliston.

“One of the many groups of Virginians I’ve been thinking about during this challenging time is the graduates of the Class of 2020, many of whom won’t have the graduation experience they’ve been planning for a long time,” Kaine said. “I have felt a sense of loss about that, so I wanted to do something fun for them and give all high school seniors the chance to be a graduation speaker.”