Graduation 2023Ashbrook Bessemer City Cherryville Stuart W. Cramer East GastonForestview Gaston Early College Gaston County Virtual Academy HighlandHunter Huss North Gaston South Point Warlick Academy Webb Street
See below for a slideshow of pictures from each ceremony.
It's time for high school graduation in Gaston County Schools! The schedule is below.
• Ashbrook: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Bessemer City: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Cherryville: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Stuart W. Cramer: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• East Gaston: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Forestview: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Gaston Early College: Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m., Morris Library Lawn at Gaston College
• Gaston County Virtual Academy: Wednesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m., Gastonia Conference Center
• Highland: Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., Auditorium
• Hunter Huss: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• North Gaston: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• South Point: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium
• Warlick Academy: Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 p.m., Gymnasium
• Webb Street School: Wednesday, June 1, 12:00 p.m., Gymnasium
Number of Graduates
The Class of 2022 for Gaston County Schools includes 2,043 seniors.
- Ashbrook: 247
- Bessemer City: 82
- Cherryville: 110
- Stuart W. Cramer: 244
- East Gaston: 187
- Forestview: 227
- Gaston Early College: 51
- Gaston Virtual Academy: 54
- Highland: 131
- Hunter Huss: 230
- North Gaston: 239
- South Point: 217
- Warlick: 13
- Webb Street: 11
Each school will communicate with students/families about the number of tickets that will be allotted for each graduate. Anyone with questions about tickets should contact the school.
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor ceremonies will be moved inside, and tickets will be limited because of seating capacity.
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 bags to graduation. Purses/bags must be screened, which is 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.
Each graduation ceremony will have its share of speakers and special guests. Traditionally, each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian shares remarks as does the principal and other student representatives. Board of Education members are among the guests on hand to congratulate the graduating class.
Here is a list of the Board of Education members and which graduation ceremony they will attend on June 4:
▪ Ashbrook: Jeff Ramsey, Chairman, At-Large Member
▪ Bessemer City: Brent Moore, Crowders Mountain Township
▪ Cherryville: Robbie Lovelace, Cherryville Township
▪ Stuart W. Cramer: Justin Davis, South Point Township
▪ Forestview: Steve Hall, Dallas Township, and Kevin Collier, Riverbend Township
▪ Highland: Lee Dedmon, Gastonia Township, Dot Guthrie, Gastonia Township, and Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker
▪ Hunter Huss: Dot Cherry, Vice Chairman, At-Large Member
▪ North Gaston: Lee Dedmon, Gastonia Township
▪ South Point: Dot Guthrie, Gastonia Township, and Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker
All Board members are invited to attend the Gaston Virtual Academy, Warlick Academy, and Webb Street School graduation ceremonies on June 1.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022
Our Outstanding Seniors
PROFILES: Outstanding Seniors
Gaston County Schools takes pride in recognizing Outstanding Seniors in the Class of 2022 (one from each high school). Click the links below for our profiles.
Be sure to check out The Gaston Gazette for coverage of graduation in Gaston County Schools. Plus, the Belmont Banner-News highlights outstanding seniors from South Point High School, East Gaston High School, and Stuart W. Cramer High School while the Cherryville Eagle features seniors from Cherryville High School. We would like to thank our local newspapers for the positive attention they bring to the Class of 2022 in Gaston County Schools.
In addition to having graduation information on the Gaston County Schools website, we encourage you to check out our Facebook page and Spectrum Cable Channel 21, the Education Station for Gaston County Schools, for coverage of the Class of 2022.
VIDEO: Star Teacher-Student Awards
Star Teacher-Student Awards
The Star Teacher-Student Awards ceremony for the Class of 2022 was held on Thursday evening, April 28 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The recognition program was presented by Gaston County Schools and sponsored by The Gaston Gazette.
Each high school had the opportunity to choose an outstanding senior in the Class of 2022 as the school’s Star Student. During the ceremony, the Star Student honored the Star Teacher who had the greatest influence on the student’s educational career.
The ceremony was recorded, and it will air on Spectrum Cable Channel 21, the Education Station for Gaston County Schools, at various times this summer. Click here for the Channel 21 schedule.
Below are the Star Teacher-Student Awards honorees:
Ashbrook High School – Star Teacher Samantha Young selected by Star Student Elena High
Bessemer City High School – Star Teacher Mary Martin selected by Star Student Luke Hogan
Cherryville High School – Star Teacher Emilie Pope selected by Star Student Jackson Owens
Stuart W. Cramer High School - Star Teacher Chris Detweiler selected by Star Student Andrea Detweiler
East Gaston High School – Star Teacher Michael Kaufman selected by Star Student Allie Grice
Forestview High School – Star Teacher Lindsay Dickerson Beverly selected by Star Student Evan Friday
Gaston County Virtual Academy – Star Teacher Donna Griffith selected by Star Student Kortney Hawkins
Gaston Early College High School – Star Teacher Lauren Dixon selected by Star Student Joey Wittmer
Highland School of Technology – Star Teacher Dan Froehlich selected by Star Student Alyssa Manus
Hunter Huss High School – Star Teacher Carrie Baskett selected by Star Student Allison Kimmel
North Gaston High School – Star Teacher Calvin Arrowood selected by Star Student Libby Shaw
South Point High School – Star Teacher Karmen Teague selected by Star Student Caroline Beaty
Webb Street School – Star Teacher Christine Tileston selected by Star Student Isaac Simpson
Click on the name of the school to read the Star Student’s essay.
Click here for a PDF of the program.
Click here for a PDF of the Star Teacher-Star Student page in The Gaston Gazette.
PHOTOS: Star Teacher-Student Awards
Here is a look at some of the outstanding achievements for the Gaston County Schools Class of 2022.
The following students were awarded the Albert G. Myers Scholarship: Rylee-Grace Burgis (Cherryville), Logan Crisp (Stuart W. Cramer), Joshua Crouch (Stuart W. Cramer), Justin Larter (East Gaston), Daisy Lopez (Hunter Huss), Ashley Mahboub (Hunter Huss), and Emily Rollins (Gaston Early College).
Luke Jefferies of Stuart W. Cramer High School, Caroline Beaty of South Point High School, and Juster Larter of East Gaston High School received the Tom Browne Scholarship.
Kayla Becraft of Bessemer City High School and Logan Crisp of Stuart W. Cramer High School were awarded the George and Patricia Bernard Scholarship.
Ashbrook High School's Elena High was awarded the Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Brad Baxter Scholarship.
Ashbrook High School's Ya’Zarhi Mason was awarded the Larry Rhodes Scholarship, and Madison McCathern received the Dr. William and Karen Hunter Science Scholarship.
For his Eagle Scout project, Eli Poulsen of Ashbrook High School organized the "One Can Make A Difference" food pantry at Webb Street School.
Cherryville High School's Jackson Owens was awarded the Alaina Abernathy Scholarship. Katie Ramsey received the Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship, and Katie Ramsey received the Van and Virgie Costner Memorial Scholarship.
D’Myah Matthews of Stuart W. Cramer High School received the Paul Fuller Mentoring Scholarship, and Patrick Lamp was awarded the Maxine Porch Scholarship.
Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Zachary Willer won the 3A individual state championship in cross country and the 1600-meter run state championship in track and field.
Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Nathan Saysomvang received the emergency medical responder certificate through the North Carolina Office of EMS.
Stuart W. Cramer High School's Gwen Campau was among 16,000 students from across the country who were named National Merit semifinalists.
Stuart W. Cramer High School's Sean Brabham and Forestview High School's Zion Dockery were selected for an internship with GSM Services.
Justin Larter of East Gaston High School was awarded the Alfred W. Bohanan Scholarship, and Rachael Medici was awarded the William G. and Hazel V. Hardin Education Scholarship.
Hannah Mullis of East Gaston High School qualified for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta.
Evan Friday of Forestview High School received the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship. Zachary Carr was awarded the Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship, and Zailyn Jeter was awarded the John Hunsucker Memorial Scholarship.
Forestview High School's Maggie Lu was the state-level winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) good citizen essay contest.
Ria Patel of Forestview High School was selected for the Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education recognition.
Susan Christy of Forestview High School won the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award for women’s dual team tennis.
Austin Brotemarkle of Forestview High School won a state championship in the 3200-meters run in track and field.
Gaston Early College High School's Allen Chen was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was awarded the MIT Scholarship valued at $75,000 per year.
Ella Harmon and Tristin Winkler of Gaston Early College High School received the Appalachian State University Excellence Scholarship.
Gaston Early College High School's Nathan Vasquez served as president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association, and Joseph Wittmer was appointed vice president.
Wehazit Mussie of Highland School of Technology received the UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship, and Ajhinae Brooks received a full-tuition QuestBridge Scholarship to attend Rice University.
Highland School of Technology's Asher Neumann won the 1A/2A 200-meter freestyle state championship.
Lauren Tolbert of Highland School of Technology won nine state championships in track and field and cross country during her high school career.
Travis Rainwater of Highland School of Technology received a National Merit Scholarship valued at $2,500, and Natalie Maier was awarded the Clyde and Dezaree Brackett Family Scholarship and the Honorable Ralph C. Gingles, Jr., Scholarship.
Rhiannon Wollmuth of Hunter Huss High School earned the Best in Show recognition in the “Through An Artist’s Eyes” exhibit.
Hunter Huss High School's Gio Bernal was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski High School Student Athlete of the Year Award.
North Gaston High School senior Olivia Conley was selected as a nominee for a Blumey Award in the best actress category.
South Point High School's Emily Revels received the State Employees Credit Union People Helping People Scholarship and the Pat Haney Scholarship. Trey Baker received the Theodore Drury Science and Technology Scholarship, and Garrett Ziemer received the Perry Fewell Scholarship and Lester Carpenter Scholarship. Caroline Beaty, Hayden Currier, and Delilah Pearson also received the Lester Carpenter Scholarship.
South Point High School senior Ryan Harris was named the 2021 Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year, which is an award presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.