Ashe County’s senior class gathered together for Senior Awards Day Friday morning to recieve scholarships and honors earned through the year.
“On behalf of the class of 2013, I would like to extend my thanks to all the presenters on stage today,” said class president Lucas Zeller to his peers. “Looking in this program and all the scholarships given to this class, it’s really astounding.”
In sum, over $3.1 million was offered to the class of 2013 in scholarship money. These scholarships will come in handy after the seniors walk across the stage and accept their diplomas on Friday, June 7.
Along with thanking the presenters for their generosity, Zeller also thanked the school’s teachers and councilors for preparing the senior class for their transition to the post-high school world.
According to Zeller, 3.2 million seniors from 37,000 school will be graduating this year, all taking the same step forward as the graduates from ACHS.
“These titles are not going to make you special,” said Zeller to his fellow seniors.
“If I could leave you with one final thought, it would be this: do not live your life by chasing these hollow titles we are always being pushed towards; not by trying to become famous or the next Oprah,” said Zeller.
“Do it by expressing your own free will and independent thought. Treat others with compassion and respect regardless of who they are or what they do, and act with the same selflessness you would want others to share with you,” said Zeller.
“I wish nothing but the best for each and every one of you as you move forward with the rest of your lives. Best of luck and keep in touch,” said Zeller.
Seniors and guests were ushered into the ACHS auditorium by this year’s junior marshalls, who make up the top 10 percent of the junior class based on weighted GPA class rank.
The 2013 junior marshalls include Matthew Ball, Hannah Blevins, Tiffani Carrasco, Alexander Church, Makayla Church, Tabitha Day, Sloan Elliot, Amelia Fuller, Kelsey Hayes, Samantha Kepple, Morgan Koontz, Carter Kurtz, Kayla Osborne, Samuel Phillips, Tyler Roten, Makensie Shatley, Mary-Austin Tugman, Mallory Vannoy, Brandon Widner, Bridgette Wilson, Preston Wilson and Anglea Yakel.