BOONVILLE — Starmount High School’s Class of 2017 received their diplomas on Thursday at a commencement ceremony held in the school gymnasium.
The ceremony began with the playing of the National Anthem by the marching band and an invocation lead by graduating senior Claire Maske.
Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin shared a few brief words with the graduates.
“You’ve shown perseverance and you’ve shown grit,” Martin told the seniors.
“I hope you always remember that you are from Yadkin County,” Martin said. “The reason I want you to always remember where you’re from is because you come from a place where the people care about each, they take of one another and look out for one another.”
Martin said he had always known this, but saw it action when the community responded quickly and generously to assist with clean up at Courtney Elementary School after a tornado destroyed the school gym on May 24.
“No matter where you go after after tonight, you will take those values with you,” Martin concluded.
The Starmount Show Choir, including its senior members, performed “I Seek a Journey.”
Graduates Jordan Welborn, Emily Spann, Hayley Hayes and Sarah Wagoner also spoke to their fellow classmates as part of the graduation ceremony.
“The years we have shared at Starmount are always going to be a part of us,” Wagoner said.
Starmount High School Principal Cody Hemric presented several awards to students of the graduating class prior to the presentation of diplomas.
The Danforth “I Dare You” award was presented to Braedon Hart Macemore and Angel Brighteyes Autumn Cockerham. Citizenship award was given to Nicholas Hunter Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Dowell. Henry Isaac Stone and Claire Marie Maske were awarded as Best All Around.
The closing prayer was given by Marlee Pardue.
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