Hundreds of area high school seniors will celebrate their graduations during the coming week.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange high schools will hold commencement events this weekend at the Smith Center. Chatham County schools will hold graduation ceremonies at various sites.
Here are the basics: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Chapel Hill High School
• Ceremony: 1 p.m. June 9, Dean E. Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill campus
• Number of graduates: 330
• Valedictorians: 15 – Zaynah Alam, Olivia Dang, Maya Handa, Conor Hendershot, Sean Hicks, Elana Horwitz, Kristen Laubscher, Daphne Liu, Alexa Mendes, Abby Muller, James Parks, Priyanka Reddy, Esther Rolf, Adam Wang, Kaitlyn Weinberg
• Class Speakers: 11
- The average unweighted GPA is 3.0805; the average weighted GPA is 3.5211
- Twenty seniors will be student athletes at college
- The class of 2012 completed more than 32,000 service learning hours, with 106 seniors documenting more than 100 hours each.
Students completing more than 500 hours over four years of high school are:
- James Westover: 825 service learning hours with the YMCA
- Matthew Kleissler: 743 service learning hours with CHHS athletics, YMCA Camp Seagull, Global Volunteers, IFC and the Ronald McDonald House
- Colin Nelson: 578 service learning hours with the N.C. Botanical Garden, Morehead Planetarium, N.C. Museum of Life and Science and Climate Leap
- Three seniors earned their Net+ Certification in Information Technology, and three others obtained their A+ Certification.
- Michelle Gay was the Honorable Mention runner-up for 2011 Students Against Violence Everywhere National Student of the Year.
- Caleb Taylor and Kristen Powers, along with the rest of the GreenTigers student environmental group, received the White House Champion of Change Award.
- Joao Ritter represented teacher Rob Greenberg’s earth science classes at Earth Action Day with “a thought-provoking and well-received presentation” on sustainability, officials said.
- John Stavas became an Eagle Scout in December.
- 13 seniors are National Merit Finalists.
• Valedictorian Profiles
- Zaynah Alam: In her junior year, Alam and fellow valedictorian Olivia Dang started the Save the Music Club to give free piano lessons to underprivileged Morris Grove Elementary students. As of this month, the club has taught almost 30 children.
Alam also was managing editor of the student newspaper, the Proconian, and spent four years in the National Fraternity and one year in the International Fraternity of Student Musicians. She has received the Durham Mayor’s Award twice for more than 100 hours of summer volunteer work, was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and received the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award for earning four gold medals on the National Latin Exam.
Alam is especially interested in biology and chemistry, and is considering a career in research or medicine, possibly dealing with neuroscience or kinesiology. There are too many memories to count from high school, but she will never forget the people, she said.
“The teachers who taught me so much more than just their curricula, the amazing friends and all the fun adventures we’ve had together, the hours spent with the paper’s editing staff to get editions out, the time spent getting to know classmates while working on club projects and school assignments: all these moments defined my high school experience,” she said.
- Olivia Dang: Dang has played varsity volleyball for four years, earning All-Conference honors. The co-president of the Save the Music Club, which gives piano lessons to underprivileged children at Morris Grove Elementary, volunteers and works as a piano teacher in her neighborhood. She will continue to serve other people as a community service fellow at Cornell University.
Dang plans to study computer science, business or operations research and said she’s interested in working in a technological or business field. She will take many high school memories with her, she said.
“I will remember the funny and friendly people I encountered in school the most, and all my best friends and the fun, sometimes stupid things we do,” Dang said.
- Maya Handa: Handa, the editor of the Proconian student newspaper and leader of the Spanish Honor Society, won the society’s Junior Travel Awards last year and a trip to Argentina over the summer. She is interested in doing something in journalism or politics, she said, but her dream job would be to write for the “Atlantic Monthly” magazine.
“I’ll happily remember late nights working on the newspaper,” she said.
- Conor Hendershot: Hendershot spent three weeks in the summer of his junior year participating in a service and language immersion program in Peru. He also has been involved for the last two years with the Leaders Club and played soccer all four years in high school and lacrosse for two years. Hendershot is president of the National Honor Society.
“I guess what I remember most would be that great times I’ve had with my friends and all the great support they have provided me throughout my high school career,” he said.
In the fall, he will study mechanical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.
- Sean Hicks: Hicks rode his bike across the state of North Carolina, but what he will remember most from the last four years will be the “good teachers, good friends and good times” he had at Chapel Hill High School, he said.
His goals are set high: Hicks said he hopes to find a cure for cancer and AIDS in the future, while working in patient care or medical research.
- Elena Horowitz.: Among her accomplishments, Horwitz said she’s “incredibly proud” of the mural about the history of environmental policies that she and three friends painted in the history hall. She also cites the papers she wrote for Honors English 4 that she “critiqued for hours to get them perfect.” Her favorite classes were advanced placement biology and art history.
Horwitz said she enjoyed making music with others, whether it was playing violin in the school orchestra or on her own time. In her spare time, she dances jazz.
But “some of my most interesting moments in high school would be in Class Council meetings when we would try to brainstorm ideas and get completely off track of the task,” she said.
At college, she will study psychology with a goal of going to medical school to be a psychiatrist.
- Kristen Laubscher: Laubscher stayed busy as a competitive jump roper for eight years on the SkipSations jump rope team and competed in national tournaments every year all over the country.
She has been a staff member of the Proconian school newspaper since her sophomore year and was co-editor-in-chief this year. Laubscher also served as treasurer for the Class Council and vice president of the National Honor Society. Last summer, she represented North Carolina at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C.
This fall, in Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, Laubscher will study communications – either journalism or public relations – and political science.
She plans to take the memories of many people with her, she said.
“I have had the most incredible teachers, who truly care about what they’re teaching and their students. I will also remember the senior class, because they are the most intelligent, fun and talented students I know. I’ve been proud to be a Tiger during events like football games, drama productions and talent shows, and that’s something I’ll always remember,” she said.
- Daphne Liu: Music has been an extremely important part of Liu’s life, and she will remember the friends she made and “everything that the band program at CHHS has done for me,” she said.
Liu played flute for eight years and has participated in band since the sixth grade, from the marching band to the symphonic band and the pit orchestra. She also served as vice president of the band program and was flute section leader.
Her future plans include completing a double major in math and music, although she’s not sure yet where her career choices will take her.
- Alexa Mendes: When Mendes wasn’t in school or doing homework, she could be found at the pool. As a year-round swimmer, Mendes trained three to five hours every day before and after school for several years. It took a lot of time, effort and focus, but Mendes said she doesn’t regret it.
This fall, she will swim for Duke University.
“My two older brothers currently swim for UNC Chapel Hill, so, needless to say, there will be some big-time sibling rivalry next year! A house divided!” she said.
Eventually, she would like to pursue a career in law or politics, but she will always remember the “inspiring teachers at CHHS who dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their students’ academic wellbeing,” she said.
- Abby Muller: Muller has made a high school career of music as president of Chapel Hill’s band, a three-year pit orchestra member, and horn captain and saxophonist in the marching band. She also played oboe in the symphonic band, making All-District Band twice.
She will “remember all my wonderful friends,” she said. “Band in particular has been a really incredible formative experience for me, and I’m sure I’ll remember that most of all.”
Muller’s other achievements include serving as co-president of the Science Olympiad team, which took home a trophy at this year’s state competition, spending a month in Switzerland studying French in the summer after 10th grade, and leading the Harry Potter Club with fellow valedictorian Daphne Liu.
This fall, Muller plans to study cognitive science or linguistics at Brown University.
- James Parks: A dedicated Boy Scout, Parks is wrapping up his project now to become an Eagle Scout. He’s also an active member of the Chapel Hill band program, playing percussion for the marching band all four years and for the last two years in the jazz combo. He, too, will remember the people he has met during high school, he said.
“It’s not so much what you know as it is who you know, and I think you can learn about as much from meeting people as you can from sitting in a classroom. Chapel Hill High School certainly has a wide range of personalities to learn from.”
The rising engineering major at N.C. State University also “might remember some math, too,” he said. Although he’s not sure what career path to follow, Parks said he plans to explore his interests during college and wants to find a good job using his degree after graduating.
- Priyanka Reddy: The future is open for Reddy, who plans to study biology and art in college but isn’t sure about a career path. She has been an active member of Chapel Hill’s Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams, while competing in varsity tennis and playing the piano and ukulele. Last summer, she studied art at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She also placed in the top 10 in the nation in the National French Exam for levels one through four.
Her primary memories of high school will include “the relationships I made, with friends and teachers,” she said.
- Esther Rolf: Rolf spent two years in high school as an assistant coach and two additional years as co-head coach for a Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department recreational field hockey team. She also played field hockey as a high school freshman and sophomore, golf as a junior and senior, and ran track in her freshman, sophomore and junior years. When not competing, she runs almost every day, she said. She’s also president of the German Honor Society.
At college, she wants to study engineering, science or math, although the future’s not settled yet, she said. Her friends will be the one memory she takes with her.
“They have been super wonderful and always supportive, and I love that I have different friends who each mean something special to me,” she said.
- Adam Wang: Despite two collapsed lungs within a year of each other, Wang succeeded less than a couple of months after recovery in making the All-District and All-State bands.
“I will remember the long hours spent in rehearsal preparing for concerts, swing dances and musicals. I spent almost as much time playing an instrument as being in a classroom,” he said.
At UNC Chapel Hill, music will continue to be important, he said. He may seek a double major in music and computer science with an eye toward working with sound design and music in the gaming industry, he said.
- Katy Weinberg: Weinberg said she fell in love with Hispanic culture and saw the potential in her ability to communicate in Spanish during an extensive service project last summer in Costa Rica. She hopes to make Spanish a part of her daily life and eventually her career, she said.
So far, she has been recognized with the Presidential Service Award for her work in Costa Rica and served as an intern with El Futuro, a nationally recognized intervention program that helps Hispanic children and parents who have experienced violence or trauma. Weinberg also is an active member of the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and in her spare time, she competes in equestrian events.
This fall, she will attend Davidson College, where she plans to ride for the equestrian team, while majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish.
Right now, Weinberg is considering a career as an emergency room doctor, although that is subject to change, she said. After being “inspired by the hope I saw in the faces of people whom most Americans would consider unfortunate,” Weinberg said she wants to continue serving people in Third World countries.
She also “will remember the many inspiring teachers, and how CHHS fostered the unity and power of the student body,” she said. East Chapel Hill High School
• Ceremony: 9 a.m. June 9 at the Dean E. Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill campus
• Number of graduates: 315
• Valedictorians: 15 – Rolf Bates, Karishma Desai, Laura Fradin, Stefan Garval, Bria Godley, Abigail Isaacs, Michelle Lee, Ching Ying Lin, Benjamin Marks, Elizabeth Olson, Javier Sandoval, David Serody, Paul Skiba, Jasmine Sun and Sophie To.
• Class speakers: All 15 valedictorians will speak, along with class-elected speaker Maxwell Huffman and two Principal’s Choice speakers, Margo Richardson and Elvin Blandin.
- Newsweek ranked East Chapel Hill High School the nation’s 88th Best High School. It was also ranked No. 17 in the nation and No. 1 in state, excluding charter and private schools.
- Kevin Tie was among 20 students in the nation to compete in the Chemistry Olympiad test and went on to compete among the top four. He also competed in the international competition.
- Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, was among the top three in the International Science Fair in the cellular and molecular biology category. He also was a semi-finalist in the Siemen’s science competition and won a summer trip to Italy to complete laboratory studies of mutations associated with heart and pancreatic disease.
- Sirui Wang earned the national Discus award, which honors the All-Around High School Student with recognition and scholarship opportunities.
- Will Holub-Moorman won a Senior Scholarship from the Spanish Honor Society – one of very few awarded across the nation.
- Elvin Blandin won the Felicia Brewer Scholarship worth $50,000
- The Class of 2012 completed 28,653 service learning hours, with 93 students completing more than 100 hours each. Those documenting more than 500 hours over four years are:
- James Mainwaring: 669 hours with the ECHHS Athletics Department
- Victoria Lai: 602 hours with various groups, including the ArtsCenter, Carol Woods, Estes Hills Elementary School, the Food Bank, Morehead Planetarium and the Orange County Disability Awareness Council
- Jack Conrad: 596 hours with various groups, including the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Habitat for Humanity, mission trips and Boy Scouts outreach
- Michael Ruston: 551 hours at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Habitat for Humanity
- Benjamin Marks: 509 hours with various groups, including Carol Woods, Seymour Center, Phillips Middle School, Tobacco Reality Unfiltered, the USO and WUNC radio
• Valedictorian Profiles
- Karishma Desai: Desai will fulfill a dream when she joins the University of Miami’s dual degree honors program in medicine this fall. In her studies and, later, as a doctor, she will be able to apply her passions for science and research, while changing lives, she said.
Although it will be sad to leave behind the people she has grown to know and love over the past four years, she is grateful East Chapel Hill has prepared her for the future, Desai said.
“While I won’t necessarily remember my grades on every test, I will remember those who advised, inspired and supported me in taking on and learning to deal with so many challenges,” she said. “My family, friends, and teachers have taught me the importance of pursuing what I am truly passionate about. When you’re doing something you love, everything feels a little easier!”
- Laura Fradin: Fradin is a member of the National Honor Society, president of East Chapel Hill’s Science National Honor Society and captain of the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team. This summer, she competes in her fourth national Ultimate Frisbee Youth Club Championship in Minnesota.
In her spare time, Fradin enjoys tutoring students in biology, chemistry and math throughout high school. She earned the Durham Mayor’s Award for community service and has completed more than 200 volunteer hours. This summer, she will work as a teaching assistant at the N.C. Museum of Life and Science camps.
Fradin will attend Tufts University this fall, where she plans to pursue a career in the sciences.
- Stefan Garval: Garval said he will remember his friends and the inspiring teachers he had at East Chapel Hill High, like math teacher John Wilson and social studies teacher Maureen Galvin.
During high school, Garval volunteered at Estes Hills Elementary School during the summer and ran cross country and track during the school year.
This fall, he will join the UNC Chapel Hill honors program, studying either psychology or statistics.
- Bria Godley: Godley will move to Yale University this fall to study psychology.
When asked what she will remember from her years in high school, Godley said “just that it gets better every year, and that I met a lot of teachers and kids I really respect.”
- Michelle J. Lee: Lee will graduate from East Chapel Hill High School with a weighted 5.20 GPA and an unweighted 4.0 GPA. The daughter of Drs. Michael and Christine Lee will attend Washington University in St. Louis this fall, where she plans to pursue her academic goals in mathematics, physics or the classics. She is the third valedictorian from her family, following in the footsteps of her older brothers, Ted and Matthew.
Lee said she “would like to thank her teachers, especially Mr. Wilson, Ms. Hoffman and her counselor, Ms. Harris, for all their support and for instilling in her the love of learning.”
- David Serody: Serody said he will remember all the people he’s known and the friends he’s made in school, some of whom he met in kindergarten. He also will remember volunteering with the afterschool program at Estes Elementary School.
But “most of all, I’m going to remember how practically everyone lamented about how hard high school was and how, in retrospect, it wasn’t so bad after all,” he said.
This fall, Serody said he is happy to be going to UNC Chapel Hill. While he might study pre-law, he also reserves the right to change his mind after taking his first law class, he said.
- Sophie To: To will graduate with a weighted 5.2 GPA and plans to attend Vanderbilt University this fall on a National Merit Scholarship. Currently, she is thinking about a future as a medical doctor, “but who knows what’s in store for me in the future?” she said.
It would be impossible to list all the memories she will take from her time in high school, she said, because there are too many, and “I’d refuse to list a few of them out of embarrassment.”
“But I will definitely remember the staff members who helped me, especially every one of my teachers, to whom we students slyly – affectionately, though – gave nicknames, and who taught me so much more than the course material,” she said. Carrboro High School
• Ceremony: 5 p.m. June 9, Dean E. Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill campus
• Number of graduates: 172
• Valedictorians: Six – Caroline “Carrie” Hamilton, Jason Ilieve, Michael Jushchuk, Francesca Perone (not pictured), Hadley Reid and Hannah Rounds Schwarz
• Class Speakers:
Faculty Choice: Emma Drake
Student Choice: Rollin Fisher III
Principal’s Choice: Makayla Evans
- Sondra Anton received the Danforth Scholarship from Washington University at Saint Louis
- Jack Shaufler received the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Appalachian State University
• Valedictorian Profiles
- Caroline “Carrie” Hamilton: Hamilton plans to take time off from school to spend next year in Ecuador, Brazil, Senegal or India with the program Global Citizen Year. After returning, she plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill as a Global Gap Year Fellow.
Although Hamilton’s not sure what the future holds, she could study environmental studies and Spanish in college, she said.
No matter what happens, her “fondest memories of high school will be of her wonderful teachers and friends,” she said.
- Jason Ilieve: Ilieve will attend the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., this fall. He will take with him the knowledge “there’s much more to know than what I can ever know, but trying to learn it anyway is too rewarding to pass up,” he said.
As Quiz Bowl founder and leader of Carrboro High School’s Model U.N. and Spanish Honor Society, Ilieve said scholarship has been the most important aspect of his high school career.
“I’ve concluded that education is not about the hurdles you overcome, but the challenges you make for yourself,” he said.
His college and career plans also are based on those experiences, he said.
“I’m fascinated by the amount and depth of information and opinions people all over the world have to share. I’ll remember how active in the community and outspoken my classmates were, and also how bright I thought some of their futures would be – and surely they will be. I’ll never forget the teachers who fostered real learning and understanding over performance, and I’ll value all the successes I’ve had with Quiz Bowl – district champs, state finalists, national championship – and Model U.N.,” he said.
- Michael Jushchuk: Jushchuk said he is looking forward to traveling “far down the street” to UNC Chapel Hill this fall to study mathematical decisions sciences.
The aspiring actuary said he will remember most running on the Carrboro High School track and cross-country teams and spending time with friends. Off the track, he enjoyed researching brachiopods and hiking about 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail during the summer, he said.
While in high school, Jushchuk earned a NCHSAA 2A State Champion 800-meter gold medal, a Team State Championship in cross country and an N.C. Summer Ventures Catalyst Award for Outstanding Scientific Research. He also was named a three-time Carrboro track MVP, a National Advanced Placement Scholar and National Merit Finalist Scholarship winner.
- Hadley Reid: Reid excelled on the ice for 11 years as a figure skater and was the captain of a nationally-ranked synchronized skating team. At Carrboro High School, she was the president of the Senior Class Council, president and founder of the French National Honors Society, a National Merit Scholarship winner, member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the varsity field hockey team.
Reid said she appreciates all the inspiration and support her teachers gave her.
“As the newest high school in the district, it has been important for us to form a tight community and a strong identity for the school. I have enjoyed being part of the energy of C-Town, as well as lounging in the student store with my friends,” she said.
This fall, she will study biology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Reid said she wants to be a medical researcher and is interested in the emerging field of epigenetics.
- Hannah Rounds Schwarz: Schwarz said she will remember most the people she has met and gotten to know at Carrboro High School.
“The teachers, who have asked me questions that made me re-examine the merits of certain beliefs and passed on their love of learning and discussion to me, and my friends, who have shared the ups and downs of high school with me, and most importantly, who have introduced me to and challenged me with new ideas, engaged me in a deeper thinking than I was accustomed to before, and made me truly understand why I believe what I believe,” she said. “It’s rare to have people with whom you can laugh and discuss deep issues, but I’ve been fortunate enough to find those people at Carrboro.
This fall, Schwarz will attend Yale University for a double major in history (with a focus on U.S. history) and public policy. She would like to have a career that allows her to help others, she said, perhaps by writing federal education policy or doing nonprofit work for education reform. However, “life could take me down a completely different path,” she said. Orange County Schools Orange High School
• Ceremony: 4:30 p.m. June 8, Dean E. Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill campus
• Number of graduates: 297
• Valedictorian(s): Not available at press time.
• Graduation speakers: Class President Samantha Herrera and Student Government Association President Montrey DeLoatch
- “The class of 2012 is destined for greatness,” said SGA President DeLoatch. “The academic, athletic, musical and leadership abilities of this class are outstanding. These gifts will benefit us in the future. The diversity of this class’ abilities and interests is exceptional and makes us special.”
- Highest GPA: The school’s highest GPA is 4.94 weighted, and the graduating class has 67 students with a weighted GPA of more than 4.0.
- Scholarships: This year’s graduates earned more than $2 million in scholarships and grants. School officials said the graduating students “are most deserving of any positive recognition for all they have done to become successful members of our wonderful, rural community.”
- Forty-four percent will attend a four-year college this fall. Among the schools they will attend are Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, University of Georgia, Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, N.C. Central University, N.C. State University, Meredith College, Hampton University, Howard University, Brigham Young University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, N.C. A&T University, University of Wisconsin, UNC Asheville and Clemson University.
- Two students plan to study abroad for a few years, while 36 percent of the remainder is going to a community college or trade school, including Alamance Community College, Wake Technical Community College, Nashville Automotive, Aveda and Watts School of Nursing. Another percent are going into the military and 12 percent are going to work or are undecided. Cedar Ridge High School
• Ceremony: 7:30 p.m. June 8, Dean E. Smith Center, UNC Chapel Hill campus
• Number of graduates: Approximately 250
• Valedictorian: The finalist was not available at press time, but the top 10 candidates based on grade-point average are: Liberty Britz, Shannon Elliot, Emilie Houck, Thomas Huneycutt, Lyla Kolman, Hannah Marion, Joshua Morrison, Patricia Pascual, Ivy Ringel and Troy Zehnder.
• Salutatorian: Not available at press time
• Guest speakers: Orange County School Board Chairwoman Donna Coffey, SGA President Hannah Barnard, Senior Class President Kiana Pittman, valedictorian and salutatorian
- The class of 2012 set a new school record for the most scholarship money, with more than $3.6 million awarded.
- Cedar Ridge High School Principal Scholars: Twenty-five students in the top 10 percent of their class were commended for balancing academic rigor with a dedication to extracurricular activities and superior academic achievement over the past four years:
Liberty Britz, Colin Campbell, Chris Creaghan, Shannon Elliott, Lindsey Freeman, Alexandra Griffin, Arlee Hiskey, Emilie Houck, Ken Huneycutt, Thomas Huneycutt, Kyla Kolman, Graham Lutz, Hannah Marion, Michael Mastrianni, Kody Michal, Josh Morrison, Patricia Pascual, Elise Perugini, Ivy Ringel, Lowell Ringel, Alden Roberts, Taylor Sharpe, Tyler Spierdowis, Morgan Veasey and Troy Zehnder.
- K-12 Perfect Attendance: Tanika Allison, Morgan Lau, Dane Marino and Zana Muse.
- National Merit Scholarship: Senior Alden Roberts was a semifinalist this year.
- N.C. Scholars: Students with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and successful completion of N.C. College Prep course of study requirements and at least one Career and Technical Education course, one cultural arts course and two advanced-level courses:
Hannah Barnard, Tess Booker, Anna Bridges, Christopher Creaghan, Nicholas DePietro, Hannah Dodson, Samuel Dougherty, Joseph Fallon, Meaghan Flack, Lindsey Freeman, Kenan Goodnight, Amanda Gordon, Maggy Greenway, Alexandra Griffin, Ken Huneycutt, Anna Kankanala, Natalie Klinsky, Lyla Kolman, Nicole Kurtz, Morgan Lau, Cole Leesnitzer, Sydney Lewis, Gabrielle Mannino, Hannah Marion, Michael Mastrianni, Virginia McKinney, Kody Michal, Connor Michos, Carson Miller, Tyler Moore, Meredith Moran, Courtney Moses, Emma Newburg, Patricia Pascual, Jonathan Pearson, Elise Perugini, Kiana Pittman, Evan Ringel, Susana Salas, Taylor Sharpe, Kianna Sisco, Jordan Snyder, Lauren Sobnosky, Justin Vail, Morgan Veasey, Nathanael Welford-Small, Baird Workman, Spencer Wrightington and Francesca Yelton-Jones.
- Red Wolf Award: School faculty and staff chose Amber Klein and Joshua Zahnle for the second annual Red Wolf Award recognizing exceptional growth and their work to overcome obstacles and challenges to be productive contributors in cultural arts and athletics. Both will attend four-year universities in the fall.
- Legacy Award: The second annual Legacy Award was given to Hannah Barnard and Fredy Orozco for exceeding leadership expectations over the past four years, school faculty and staff said. “are responsible, compassionate, patient and energetic in their beliefs, will attend four-year universities in the fall of 2011 and have made a lasting impression on students, staff members and our school community,” school officials said in a statement.
- Principal’s Leadership Award: Casey Ward and Tyler Spierdowis won the award for seniors who have demonstrated leadership in their four years of high school. School officials said in a statement that they “have used sound judgment to make the right decisions at the right time, displayed confidence in all that they have done, and demonstrated endurance in mental, physical and spiritual stamina while showing fair treatment to all stakeholders.” Chatham County Schools SAGE Academy
Ceremony: 3 p.m. June 10, Jordan-Matthews Auditorium Chatham Central High School
• Ceremony: 7 p.m. June 10, Wicker Center in Sanford Northwood High School
• Ceremony: 11 a.m. June 11, Carmichael Auditorium Jordan-Matthews High School
• Ceremony: 4 p.m. June 11, Phil E. Senter Stadium