Yadkin Early College Class of 2017 graduates


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Yadkin Early College High School graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony.


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Yadkin Early College Valedictorian Tracey Spaugh addresses his classmates at the 2017 graduation ceremony.


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Yadkin Early College Salutatorian Alexis Plunkett speaks at the 2017 graduation ceremony.


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Honor Graduate Jordan Shore speaks to fellow classmates at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation.


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Honor Graduate Jordan Bean addresses students and guests at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation.


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The Yadkin Early College Class of 2017 was awarded its diplomas on Friday at a commencement ceremony held at Union Grove Baptist Church. Many of the 57 students graduated with honors as well as college credits. Twenty-three of the students also graduated with associates degrees from Surry Community College.

Guest speaker for the commencement was Yadkin County School Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin.

“Tonight is one of those milestone achievements in your life,” Martin told the graduates. “This is going to be a night that you remember for a long time.”

Martin said he still recalled in vivid detail his own high school graduation in 1984.

He praised students for their hard work at the Early College as well as their teachers.

Valedictorian Tracey Spaugh addressed his classmates saying, “Graduates, we made it.”

“Congratulations to the future of America,” Spaugh said. He called his years at the Yadkin Early College “the best of his life” and encouraged his fellow graduates to always be honest with themselves as the pursued their future endeavors.

Alexis Plunkett, salutatorian, thanked everyone for attending the graduation ceremony. She spoke to her classmates on responsibility.

“We are the future, as cliche as it sounds it is absolutely true,” Plunkett said. “We are the people that will be making the decisions that affect us, the country and maybe even the world. It is not a light responsibility that we have been given when we look at the problems that face us all today — global warming — but it is a responsibility that we cannot shrug off.”

Also addressing their classmates on the topics of respect and integrity were honor graduate students Jordan Bean and Jordan Shore.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Yadkin Early College High School graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_graduation.jpgYadkin Early College High School graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin Early College Valedictorian Tracey Spaugh addresses his classmates at the 2017 graduation ceremony.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_grad.jpgYadkin Early College Valedictorian Tracey Spaugh addresses his classmates at the 2017 graduation ceremony. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin Early College Salutatorian Alexis Plunkett speaks at the 2017 graduation ceremony.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_grad1.jpgYadkin Early College Salutatorian Alexis Plunkett speaks at the 2017 graduation ceremony. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Honor Graduate Jordan Shore speaks to fellow classmates at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_grad2.jpgHonor Graduate Jordan Shore speaks to fellow classmates at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Honor Graduate Jordan Bean addresses students and guests at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_grad3.jpgHonor Graduate Jordan Bean addresses students and guests at the 2017 Yadkin Early College graduation. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

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