By JOY CRIST
45 seniors at Cape Hatteras Secondary School received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony held on Saturday, June 10.
A collection of both friends and family joined
the graduates in The William P. Dillon Memorial Gymnasium on a warm and
sunny evening to celebrate the happy occasion. The graduation ceremony
followed a Community Celebration of CHSS Seniors which was held on
Wednesday, May 31, and which included scholarship presentations and
special recognitions. Approximately 47 scholarships were granted this
year to well-deserving seniors from local and regional organizations
from Hatteras Island and beyond.
At Saturday’s graduation ceremony, the Cape
Hatteras Secondary School Graduation Band, led by Sean McCroskey,
provided a prelude to the event and the traditional processional, "Pomp
and Circumstance," as the seniors filed into the gym.
After a presentation of colors by the U.S. Coast
Guard, senior Delaney Foster Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance and
senior Samantha Michelle Arzu welcomed the attendees.
Assistant Principal Annette O’Neal recognized the
class salutatorian, Aron Lee Stowe, while Principal Beth Haneman-Rooks
introduced Gabrielle Calypso Sadler. Both students spoke to the
audience and their fellow graduates, along with special guest speaker
Charles Stowe, a 2017 Class Sponsor.
Dare County Superintendent of Schools Sue F.
Burgess declared the seniors graduates, and class president Aron Lee
Stowe presided over the turning of the tassels. Closing remarks were by
senior Caitlyn Mary Setree.
The new graduates then filed out of the ceremony to a recessional of Pomp and Circumstance.
On the Friday morning before they graduated, the
seniors traveled the short distance to Cape Hatteras Elementary School
for the "Hurricane Walk of Fame," during which the older students gave
the youngsters an up close and personal look at what they can aspire to.
Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors
paraded through the corridors of the Elementary School as the younger
students and their teachers lined the hallways. There were plenty of
high-fives, hugs, and congratulatory shouts as the seniors made their
way through the hallways.
Click here to see a slide show from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School 2017 graduation ceremony
Click here to see the Hurricane Walk of Fame.