Graduation 2018Ashbrook Bessemer City Cherryville Stuart W. CramerEast Gaston Forestview Gaston Early College Highland Hunter HussNorth Gaston South Point Warlick Academy Webb Street
It's time for high school graduation in Gaston County Schools. Here is the schedule.
• Ashbrook: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Bessemer City: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Cherryville: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Stuart W. Cramer: Held Saturday, June 9.
• East Gaston: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Forestview: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Gaston Early College: Held Thursday, May 17.
• Highland: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Hunter Huss: Held Saturday, June 9.
• North Gaston: Held Saturday, June 9.
• South Point: Held Saturday, June 9.
• Warlick Academy: Held Wednesday, June 6.
• Webb Street School: Held Wednesday, June 6.
Safety at Graduation
All high schools have a comprehensive safety plan for graduation, and school officials have spent time working with local law enforcement to ensure that graduation is an enjoyable experience for everyone in attendance.
To ensure safety, the following procedures will be in place:
▪ Each school will have additional security personnel – a police presence will be noticeable on campus.
▪ Attendees should arrive early and be prepared to stand in line to enter the ceremony.
▪ Metal detectors (walk-through units and hand-held wands) will be used. Everyone at graduation, including students, parents, relatives, school personnel, and guests, will be subject to metal detection screening.
▪ Attendees are discouraged from bringing purses and handbags to graduation. Purses/handbags must be screened, a process that slows down the entrance line.
▪ Traffic congestion is likely near the high schools beginning one hour before the start of graduation. Attendees should plan accordingly to allow enough time for parking and entering the ceremony.
▪ Being vigilant is important. Anyone who sees or is aware of suspicious activity at graduation should contact a school official or law enforcement immediately.
Tickets for Graduation
Admission tickets are required for ceremonies that are held indoors (East Gaston, Highland, North Gaston, Warlick).
If outdoor ceremonies are moved indoors because of inclement weather, a ticket is required. Because of space constraints, most schools require tickets for ceremonies that are held in the football stadium.
Anyone with questions about admission tickets for graduation should contact the school for specific information.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
Class of 2018 Star Teacher-Student Awards
Students in the Class of 2018 have spent four years of high school learning, growing, and finding success inside and outside the classroom.
With the guidance and support of teachers, counselors, coaches, and other school personnel, the students balanced challenging academic courses with volunteer work and athletic schedules. They became school leaders, earned state and national awards, and made a difference in the community.
Their four years of high school in Gaston County Schools have prepared them for success in college and the professional world.
Below are short profiles that shine the spotlight on some of our outstanding seniors in the Class of 2018.
ASHBROOK HIGH SCHOOL: Zach Leech
BESSEMER CITY HIGH SCHOOL: Janeva Wilson
CHERRYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: Stephen Maher
STUART W. CRAMER HIGH SCHOOL: Katie Painter
EAST GASTON HIGH SCHOOL: Kyndal Knight
FORESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL: John Delgado
GASTON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: Allison Langley
HIGHLAND SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY: Aaron Kahne
HUNTER HUSS HIGH SCHOOL: Jenny Lopez-Saldivar
NORTH GASTON HIGH SCHOOL: Terrell Harris
SOUTH POINT HIGH SCHOOL: Courtney Gazda
WARLICK ACADEMY: Thomas Stewart
WEBB STREET SCHOOL: Scott Henderson
Here is a look at a few of our seniors in the Class of 2018 and their outstanding achievements.
Dustin Hoffman and Julia Murrow (Highland) were named QuestBridge Scholars and received full-tuition scholarships. Dustin plans to attend Emory University and Julia plans to attend Duke University.
Charlie Tran (South Point) was chosen to receive the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship from UNC Chapel Hill.
The following students received the People Helping People Scholarship presented by the State Employees Credit Union Foundation: Emma Beaty, (South Point); Grayson Epperson, (East Gaston); Lathan Flake, (Ashbrook); Maggie Heavner, (Cherryville); Ameena Hester, Highland; Natalie Peregory, (Bessemer City); Allison Roney, (Forestview); and Everett Stone, (North Gaston). The scholarship valued at $10,000 is awarded to students who have achieved excellence in academics and community involvement and exhibit good character, leadership, and integrity.
Allison Roney (Forestview) won a $1,500 scholarship in the “Best and Brightest” recognition program sponsored by The Gaston Gazette.
Madison Davis (South Point) and Megan Farris (Ashbrook) were chosen to receive the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. The scholarship valued at $8,250 per year is awarded to students who make a commitment to teach in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or special education area.
Joseph Buckner and Julia Murrow (Highland) won the North Carolina Moot Court competition, and Sara Jane Heavner and Patience Foster (Highland) took second place.
Julia Short (Stuart W. Cramer) was one of 10 students in the Charlotte region to be named an All-Star Scholar by The Charlotte Observer.
Abigail Sanchez (Ashbrook) is the recipient of the James Buie Scholarship, which provides full tuition for her to study criminal justice at Belmont Abbey College. The scholarship is presented by the Gaston County Police Department.
Tyler Zonin (North Gaston) received the Paul Fuller Mentor Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding high school senior who has been a part of the Gaston County Schools mentoring program. He plans to attend Western Carolina University. Rodney Brooks (Hunter Huss), Angelica Huffstetler (Hunter Huss), and Evan Summerlin (East Gaston) also received the Paul Fuller Technical and Trade Scholarship through a contribution from the Noon Optimist Club of Gastonia.
Alex Klasing (Stuart W. Cramer) earned a third-place award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.Chase Nixon (Hunter Huss) is the recipient of the George and Patricia Barnard Scholarship, which is valued at $20,000. He also received the Maude Carter Scholarship valued at $1,000 which is awarded by the N.C. Retired School Personnel.
Jessica Helton (South Point) and Mary Martin (Highland) received a National Merit Scholarship. Helton plans to attend the University of South Carolina to study medicine, and Martin plans to attend the University of Alabama to study mechanical engineering.
Janeva Wilson (Bessemer City) was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University.
Victor Ilevbare (Forestview) received the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship from the CaroMont Health Foundation. The prestigious four-year scholarship is valued at $80,000.
April Moore (Stuart W. Cramer) started a monthly community art program to connect young adults who have a disability and with young adults who do not have a disability.
Rachael Dewey (Gaston Early College) achieved a perfect score of 800 on the reading and writing sections of the SAT.
Riley Nichols (South Point) was selected as the recipient of the 2017 High School Leadership Award presented by the Carolina Panthers. The award recognizes a high school senior football player who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
Allison Kaecher (Stuart W. Cramer) received awards at the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair, the UNC-Charlotte Region VI North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair, and the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair.
James Swayney (Hunter Huss) and Scott Queen (Stuart W. Cramer) were selected for the Broadway Experience program sponsored by the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The program is an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to New York City for 12 students from high schools in the Charlotte region.Jessica Helton and Cameron Owensby (South Point) achieved perfect scores on the math portion of the SAT.
Phillip Davis and Matthew Robinson (South Point) were selected for the N.C. Shrine Bowl football team.
Kyndal Knight (East Gaston) won the state 1A/2A girls diving championship.
Ben Finger (North Gaston) won the boys pole vault, Hassani Burris (Ashbrook) won the girls triple jump, and Aveon Reid (Forestview) won the boys 55-meter hurdles to claim state championship titles in athletics.
A promising future awaits the Class of 2018
This Saturday morning, seniors in the Class of 2018 will walk across the graduation stage and receive their high school diploma. It is a milestone that signifies the successful completion of their K-12 educational journey and marks the beginning of a new and exciting phase in life.
While graduation is bittersweet, it also is a time for our 2,283 seniors to enjoy the moment, take pride in their accomplishments, and look ahead to going to college, serving our country in the military, or joining the workforce. Whatever our seniors choose to do, we are confident that what they have learned in Gaston County Schools has prepared them for what tomorrow holds.
Without question, the future is bright for our graduating seniors. Our students were offered more than $58.6 million in academic, athletic, fine arts, and military scholarships – this is a record amount for us. Some 170 colleges and universities awarded scholarships to our seniors. We have students planning to attend schools all across North Carolina, including UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, and N.C. State. We also have students who earned scholarships to attend Yale, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Tulane, Syracuse, and other nationally-known schools.
In addition to scholarships, students in the Class of 2018 have earned many honors in academics and other areas. We have award winners in science and engineering, financial literacy, sports, theater and the performing arts, moot court, visual art and writing, career and technical education, and community service. Their achievements, too many to mention all of them here, are truly exceptional.
Several years ago, Time magazine published a list of tips for high school graduates. Gleaning inspiration from the list, here are a few pieces of advice for the Class of 2018.
▪ Be informed – know what is going on in the world around you. Get the knowledge you need to make a wise decision, and always seek accuracy and honesty.
▪ While our digital world requires us to be plugged in, take time to unplug – put down the phone and tablet and connect with others through “good old” face-to-face conversation.
▪ Befriend the people around you and build relationships. These relationships can lead you down the path to success.
▪ Prioritize and be organized – it will save you time and help you to avoid stress. And, be sure that nutritious food, regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and time to play are priorities.
▪ To experience the best in life, you have to find your voice, your personality, and your creativity. This will lead to developing your style. Further, make sure to expand your knowledge, skills, and talents – this will give you substance. And, when you take substance and add your style to it, the result will be amazing success.
A promising future awaits the Class of 2018. The Board of Education joins me in congratulating our seniors and wishing each graduate a life filled with lots of happiness, unlimited opportunities, and many wonderful reasons to celebrate.
W. Jeffrey Booker is superintendent of Gaston County Schools.
Congratulations to all graduates in the Gaston County Schools Class of 2018 - the future belongs to you!