Superintendent Booker's Message
This is the time for the Class of 2017 to shine
Saturday morning, more than 2,200 seniors in Gaston County Schools will walk across the stage and take a big step into the future. High school graduation is a milestone in life that signifies a student’s transition from childhood to adulthood and leads to many new opportunities.
The future is bright for the Class of 2017. Our graduates are embarking on new paths that include going to college, serving our country in the military, and joining the workforce. There is no question that our graduates are prepared for all that tomorrow brings.
We are extremely proud of our seniors. They have earned recognition for excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, extracurricular activities, and community service. Their achievements are significant because of their ambition to succeed and go beyond expectations.
Our current scholarship total for the Class of 2017 exceeds $45 million, and our seniors have earned scholarships to attend the most prestigious universities across the state and country. We even have students who were awarded full-tuition scholarships to attend Brown and Princeton, two Ivy League schools. Our students are planning to study biology, engineering, education, nursing, art and design, music, and other subjects in hopes of becoming the next generation of scientists, architects, teachers, health care professionals, artists, and the list goes on.
In addition to scholarships, the honors and awards presented to the Class of 2017 are numerous and impressive. We have champions in science and technology, business and finance, sports (football, cheerleading, and track and field), drama, visual art and writing, and other areas.
To the Class of 2017: Wherever you go and whatever you do, it is our sincere hope that you continue to experience the joy found in learning. Learning does not end with high school graduation; actually, it is just beginning. Your educational journey from kindergarten to high school graduation has prepared you for what’s ahead, but there is so much more for you to discover and understand.
Learning is a lifelong process and that is why it is important for all graduates to continue to read, ask questions, seek information, pursue knowledge, and explore topics of interest. Continue to develop your skills, your work habits, your sense of ethics and values, and your desire to always learn and grow. The world is changing far too fast for you to take a break from learning.
The Board of Education joins me in honoring and commending our graduates and extending our best wishes. For each graduate, we hope you experience a life filled with happiness and success, and we encourage you to embrace every opportunity to dream more, care more, do more, and be more in life. Congratulations, Class of 2017 – this is your time to shine!
W. Jeffrey Booker is superintendent of Gaston County Schools.