Graduation Saturday across Davidson County

Ceremonies start at 9 a.m.
Jun. 14, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Graduation day for Davidson County Schools has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon for those itching to walk across the stage at 9 a.m. Saturday.

East Davidson High School seniors are beating the heat at the school's football stadium on campus, while Ledford High School graduates stand before family and friends gathered at First Assembly of God in Winston-Salem. Even as the moment arrives when students begin their trek into adulthood, a handful are already pondering how this event is less of a defining moment and more of a reminder that a new chapter that has only just begun.

"I can't believe these past four years have flown by so quickly, and it is truly an honor to represent such a talented class," said Drew Lanning, Ledford valedictorian. "Graduation is only the beginning, and I look forward to discovering all we can accomplish in the future. The Ledford High School Class of 2013 will show the world the true spirit of being a Ledford Panther."

Among the 217 to graduate, East Davidson's valedictorian is Lacey Noelle Wheeler and the salutatorian is Amelia Kate Roddenberry.

Thomasville honored Hugo Hernandez Pavon as valedictorian at graduation last Saturday at Finch Auditorium before his class of 143 graduates. Deja Young was salutatorian. Pavon was joined by student council president Zieaira Baxter as those who addressed their classmates.


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