No gray skies for Havelock High's Class of 2013

Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 02:00 PM.

All 264 graduates of 2013 will have memories of their four years at Havelock High. Salutatorian Dana Taylor wished for her classmates to dream big and follow their hearts, while valedictorian Alexandria Wickman reminded them that they were already successful on this meaningful day.

Student council president Meghan Black talked in her speech about how the class stuck together through “trying times,” including the death of math teacher Amanda Lawrence Lane earlier this year and the near drowning in the fall of senior Glenn Poole, who despite a lengthy recovery process walked across the stage to receive his diploma on Saturday.

Black’s hope for her classmates was to exceed the expectations of others while doing what makes them happy and to always “shine bright like a diamond.”

As the names were called and students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, a sense of excitement filled the gym, so much so that before Craven Schools Superintendent Lane B. Mills could officially declare the students graduates, they tossed their graduation caps into the air with joy.

The processional played and the graduates strolled out of the gym for the last time as high-schoolers to the cheers and shouts of their loved ones, giving the class a standing ovation.

Students gathered around the school embracing one another with tears of joy while stopping to snap pictures with family and friends. Graduate Alex Vigil said he “feels done and ready” as he heads off to North Carolina State in the fall.

Leaving the school for the final time, the words of Bickel ring true.

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