June 18, 2014
Ocracoke School Graduates
10 Seniors In The Class Of 2014
By CONNIE LEINBACH
Tillett, valedictorian of the Ocracoke School Class of 2014, on Sunday,
June 15, during graduation ceremonies likened high school to Plato’s
Allegory of the Cave in his “Republic.”
“High school is in a way
like a cave, and we can’t see the world in its entirety,” he told his
nine classmates and a crowd of about 200 islanders in the Ocracoke
School Gym. “We are leaving the dark cave and going out into the light.
“On one hand, we are starting new chapters and will be able to
explore the world more fully, but on the other, we will never be able
to come back,” he said.
Commencement speaker Jason Wells, owner
of Jason’s Restaurant, who also is a coach and community volunteer,
reminded the class a bit of the buffer they have here.
loved by many,” he said, admonishing them that their paths are their
choices. “We will be here with you,” he said. “Ocracoke will always
have your back.”
Eight of the 10 seniors received scholarships totaling $82,588, said Principal Walter Padgett.
who will go on to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received
the prestigious George and Frances London Scholarship of $30,000 and
$1,000 from the Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters.
salutatorian, Zoe Huppert, received a $10,000 scholarship from SECU and
$1,000 from the Grand Masonic Lodge. She will attend North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, and study fashion design.
scholarship recipients were Alin Villenueva, $15,588, who will attend
N.C. State University, which provided $13,000 of her total scholarship
Other graduates receiving scholarships were Alma
Flores, $10,280, who will attend East Carolina University; Amanda
Gaskins, $10,050; Adam Carter, $2,500, who will attend Cape Fear
Community College; Wyatt Norris, $1,950, who will attend AB Tech
in Asheville, and Kade Nagakane, $750, who will attend AB Tech
Carlos DeLao and Logan Jenkins do not have immediate plans for college.