Havelock High School’s Class of 2014 was sent off with lofty goals in mind Saturday morning.
Diplomas were handed out to 228 seniors at commencement exercises held under sunny skies on the Ram football field.
“I am extremely proud of the Class of 2014 and I applaud their accomplishments during the last four years,” said Principal Jeffrey E. Murphy. “Havelock High is a great school and our students have worked hard to achieve in the classroom, on the field and the courts, on the stage and in numerous events and competitions. The class before me is filled with unique young people who possess a variety of talents, abilities and skills. Each of them has stayed the course toward the goal of graduation from high school and individually and collectively, they are an outstanding group of men and women.”
Salutatorian Nadiya V. Yerich told the class that this was the moment that they all had been waiting for since they first set foot in the school.
“I know that the last four years had been seemingly endless but we have now come to the end of our journey,” said Yerich.
“Over the past four years we have grown together as a class and I can only hope that it has been as enjoyable for you as it has been for me,” Yerich said. ”Today truly marks the end of a chapter in our lives, and the beginning of a new one. I hope that you all chose to live remarkable lives, shaping the people around you like we were shaped by the people who are around us today. Congratulations Class of 2014. May all of your futures be filled with opportunities and happiness. We made it.”
Valedictorian Andrew J. Gumbel gave thanks to parents and teachers for their support over the years, then turned to a comedic approach in his address to the attendees.
“I would also like to give a huge thanks to Wikipedia, the online source for all of our true knowledge as well as McDonalds for allowing us cheap food,” Gumbel said.
After marching across the stage, turning their tassels and tossing their caps into the air, the graduates were received by parents and family members.
“It’s almost hard to believe I’m graduating,” said Nicholas Lynch. “Freshman year literally feels like last year. You wouldn’t believe how fast it goes by.”
Lynch plans to attend North Carolina State University and study accounting.
Joely Castillo received a tearful hug from her proud mother, Judith Nunez.
“You don’t really understand it until it happens,” Castillo said. “You realize it’s time to be a broke college student. Being in high school I had a great deal of learning, btoh academically and socially in and out of school at Havelock.”
Castillo is going to the City College of New York City to study nursing.
“It feels good,” said Derrell Scott, of graduating. Scott led the Rams football team to the third straight state 3A championship while he was at Havelock.
Next year he plays for the University of Tennessee.
“I’m already enrolled out there. I’m going to keep working hard and keep God first,” Scott said.
Graduate Joshua DeJetley, plans to gor to Hawaii for six months before returning to Craven Community College.
“It’s a great feeling to finally be done,” DeJetley said.