June 11, 2013
Four seniors get diplomas at
Ocracoke School’s 2013 graduation
By CONNIE LEINBACH
Ocracoke School launched four seniors Sunday night during graduation ceremonies in the school gym.
was Zackery Jordan “Jordy” Jenkins, who is a commercial fisherman and
will attend the College of the Albemarle in the fall. He received
$4,562 in scholarships, including one from the North Carolina Beach
Casey Camden Tolson was the salutatorian and
begins work immediately with the North Carolina Ferry Division. He will
also fish commercially. He received the National Career Readiness
Certificate, an industry-based honor from the governor that certifies
workplace skills for students immediately entering the workplace.
Perez will attend East Carolina University in the fall and will pursue
a career in the medical field. She received $16,162 in scholarships,
including the $10,000 People Helping People State Employees' Credit
Miguel Monter will work in the kitchen at Gaffer's.
going to be a wonderful chef someday,” said Laura Kelly, school
principal in an interview Monday about the four-member class and added
that Perez is considering becoming a doctor.
announced her resignation at the end of June and will return to
Franklin County to work in the school system there and be closer to her
“They’re all really wonderful,” Kelly said
about the seniors and the Ocracoke school children she has gotten to
know this school year.
“This is an awesome place and it holds a
special place in my heart,” she said, “but there’s a two-year-old
grandson who’s calling my name.”
Kelly noted that while the
Class of 2013 had only four students, classes behind them are growing,
such as pre-K, which will have 18 students in the fall, among the
largest classes ever for Ocracoke. There were 19 students in eighth
grade this year, but that dropped down to 18 during the year.
Both first and ninth grades will have 17 children.
elementary building behind the main school building has classrooms
large enough for all these students, “but we’re going to need to grow,”
One of those options will probably be the building
owned by the Hyde County School District that currently houses the
Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, which will move into new quarters
being built along Highway 12.
Walter Padgett, the school
principal for two years before Kelly, was the commencement speaker and
Kelly and Dr. Randolph Latimore, superintendent of Hyde County schools,
awarded the diplomas.
The Rev. Ivey Belch, pastor of the
Ocracoke Assembly of God Church, presented the Community Service Award to Howard Bennick,
a tradition by Ocracoke seniors conferred on a community member.
Diana Perez created the slide show of class memories.