A new chapter in 322 Scotland County High School seniors lives began Saturday.
All of their hard work and determination was showcased as they wore the blue caps and gowns in front of approximately 2,000 loved ones. The new graduates marched across the stage at Pate Stadium.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the Scotland High Schools and Scotland Early College graduates,” School superintendent Rick Stout said. “Seeing our students graduate from high school with the skills to be successful in college or the workplace is our ultimate goal and I feel that the Class of 2011 is prepared to take on those challenges. I wish all of our graduates to best of luck as they continue their journeys in the world.”
The two-hour graduation marked history for Scotland High as it being the first ceremony held on a Saturday. School officials said they changed the day of graduation for safety reasons.
Valedictorian Ashley Hunt and Salutatorian Gladys McLean delivered speeches to the graduating class.
Both students were Scotland County High marshals. As marshals they assisted with academic achievement awards and graduation ceremonies.
“I thought the ceremony was very nice and it went by really smoothly,” Hunt said.
Hunt plans on attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall and majoring in Nursing. For the summer she plans on working with her mother and trying to find a summer job.
Family members who were unable to attend the ceremony had the option to watch a live broadcast online.