Davidson County’s Class of 2014 graduates
Students across Davidson County took to the stage Saturday morning for graduation ceremonies, as Ledford and East Davidson high schools celebrated commencement for the Class of 2014.
Seniors at East enjoyed a picturesque outdoor ceremony at the school’s on-campus football stadium, while Ledford gathered at Winston-Salem First Assembly of God.
In keeping with tradition, the students at Thomasville High School received their diplomas at Cushwa Stadium on June 7.
“We’ve had a great school year,” said Dr. Marie Pitre-Martin, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. “[Our teachers] have made significant differences in the school district and in our students’ lives. I’d like to look each in the eye and say thank you for what I know they will continue to do to move our school system forward.”
East valedictorian Joseph Wilson addressed 225 of his fellow graduates, highlighting memorable moments from each of their four years. Wilson, who is set to begin classes at Wake Forest University in August, took the opportunity to honor East principal Billy Hunt with a few comedic overtures before paying tribute to a classmate and teacher who both passed away in 2012.
“I especially want to thank Mr. Hunt. My class and I started here at the same time you did. Now we get to leave and you get to stay,” Wilson joked. “All kidding aside ... I encourage you to remember our high school career as we stand together on the threshold of our future.
“Remember sophomore year? All I remember from that year were two moments none of us will forget: the day we lost Mrs. Creasy and the day we lost Oswaldo Aguilar. The Class of 2014 will never forget them, for they are always in our heart.”
Siarra Walker, who was announced as one of 10 outstanding seniors at Ledford, considered her experience in Davidson County Schools as one which prepared her for the next chapter in her life. Recognizing staff who made a particularly significant impact, she reflected on their lasting contributions.
“Ledford has an outstanding reputation of excellence, and to be apart of its greatness is an honor,” said Walker, who will attend Lees-McRae in the fall. “I believe that the teachers, coaches, and administration have exceeded their duties in preparing us for the future we are about to encounter. Words cannot express how proud and thankful I am for the experience, memories, character, and knowledge I have gained in my time at Ledford.”
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 847-9911, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.