Before heading into winter break of this past school year, Marietta High School Principal Keith Ball launched a new program in the district called ‘Operation Graduation.’  This cooperative initiative focuses on building strong relationships between Marietta’s schools, inspiring the district’s youngest students to aim for a successful graduation from MHS.

“Operation Graduation works to welcome students to the final stop on their Marietta educational journey, well before they ever officially step foot on campus as a high school student,” says Ball. “Our high school team will visit all elementary schools and Marietta Middle School for a 30 minute pep rally – complete with MHS cheerleaders, student leaders, and a film crew. Principals have selected VIG’s (Very Important Graduates) based on character, conduct, attendance and grades at each school and those VIG’s will receive a special gift during the event from MHS.” 

During the pep rallies every 5th grader (Class of 2026) and every 8th grader (Class of 2023) received a rally towel. The rally towel is not only a cool gift, but was also the student’s FREE ticket in the door to two MHS’ basketball games. 

The Marietta Schools Foundation is proud to support Operations Graduation by helping to fund the rally towels.  Our students are “THE PROMISE OF MARIETTA!”


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