Wednesday, June 12, 2013 —
Thirteen students celebrated their graduation from Stanly Academy June 7.
Principal Michael Campbell welcomed everyone to celebrate the graduates’ achievement, thanking the faculty, family and friends for all the support they have given the students.
Special guests included Associate Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carter and Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin, who reminded the class of what is important, referring to the wisdom of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” by Robert Fulghum. She offered advice to the graduates in urging them to not dwell on what cannot be changed, to forgive and forget, to be good people.
Various seniors participated in the ceremony, including Shelia Jones, who departed from her prepared words to thank the teachers who saw her through to graduation.
Campbell offered the podium to any other seniors and a few others spoke with pride and gratitude.
A slideshow followed the speeches that evoked laughter and tears.
Fellow staff joined in performance, including Darlene Cato and Patty Crump and student Caleb Bostic.
With a record of only four absences, no tardies or any referrals and demonstrating a strong work ethic in the classroom, Tyler Broome was the recipient of the Principal’s Award.
Campbell and counselor Traci Diggs presented diplomas to the graduates.
After crossing the stage, receiving their diplomas and pausing for a picture shaking hands with Campbell, the students crossed their gold tassle to the other side of their cap, as the audience stood and cheered.
A small reception followed as families, friends, staff and teachers socialized and celebrated their graduation, and each student took home a personalized memory poster comprised of photographs, drawings and autographs.
Michael Flaherty is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.