Graduation ceremonies to mark school year's end

By COREY DAVIS

Staff Writer

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The climax to the end of the 2013-14 school year will be celebrated by hundreds of anxious seniors gearing up to turn their tassels during several upcoming high school graduations across the Twin Counties.

Rocky Mount Academy will kick off commencement exercises at 5:30 p.m. today. Lisa Stone, Rocky Mount Academy’s assistant to director of advancement, said the private school will graduate 27 seniors, and Nicholas Pace is the school’s valedictorian for the commencement exercises. Rocky Mount Academy Headmaster Beth Covolo and the school’s Board of Trustees President John Turnage will be the keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony.

North Edgecombe High School will kick off Edgecombe County Public Schools’ commencement exercises at 6 p.m. Thursday Edgecombe Community College’s Keihin Auditorium. The school will send off 69 seniors with 40 going to either a two- or four-year college. Brittany Blackwell will be the school’s valedictorian and Leonard “Hawk” Hunter, spokesman for the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Goldsboro, is the keynote speaker.

SouthWest Edgecombe and Tarboro high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies on each school’s football field June 13. SouthWest Edgecombe is slated to begin at 6 p.m., while Tarboro begins at 8 p.m. SouthWest Edgecombe’s 205 graduates are the biggest amount among the county’s public schools. Kristian Herring, the school system’s public information officer, said SouthWest Edgecombe is the only school where graduates need tickets for family or friends to attend. The school has 126 graduates indicating they’re either going to a four-year university or a local community college. Kayla Leona Abrams is the valedictorian and also will give the keynote address. Tarboro is set to graduate 180 seniors from the school. Tarboro’s valedictorian and keynote speaker is Katie Marie King.

Schools Superintendent John Farrelly said graduation is a day to celebrate what is likely the biggest accomplishment at this point for the lives of the out-going students.

“It is a rewarding experience to know that our students, staff members and communities have worked collaboratively to produce graduates who are ready to enroll in colleges and universities, enter the work force or enlist in the military,” Farrelly said. “Each year, I look forward to this time of celebration, as the students have worked diligently to meet the criteria established for graduation.”

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Greetings....I'm Ron Brewington, a Tuskegee Airmen historian. While reading the article, "Graduation Ceremonies To Mark School Year's End," I noted an error in paragraph 3, sentence 3: "....and Leonard "Hawk" Hunter, spokesman for the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Goldsboro..." - Not true - The Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter is a charted member of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) TAI is not referred to as "Tuskegee Airmen." It is a non-profit organization with about 55 chapters nationally. The chapters do have Tuskegee Airmen as members, as well as non-Tuskegee Airmen as members.

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