Stokes Early College graduates 32

By Amanda Dodson - adodson@thestokesnews.com
Calvin Vandergrift receives his high school diploma on Tuesday night. - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
The graduating class voted to have teacher Elizabeth Guiles as the guest speaker on Tuesday. - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Stokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice, challenged the Class of 2018 to continue pushing themselves and strive to reach for greatness. - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Principal of Stokes Early College High School, Misti Holloway, congratulated the graduating class for receiving nearly 6.3 million dollars in scholarships. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Salutatorian Spencer Davis said during his time at Stokes Early College, he learned support and friendship is necessary in life. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Valedictorian Kaitlyn Barham, daughter of David and Nicole Barham in Pine Hall, earned the highest grade point average in her graduating class and will be attending the UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Jazzmine Hairston and each of the students in this year’s graduating class placed red beads around Misti Holloway’s neck before receiving their diploma as a token of appreciation for the principal. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Graduates wait for the moment to move their tassels. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Stokes Early College graduated 32 young adults on Tuesday evening at King Central Park. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Jessica Bourdon celebrates her graduation from Stokes Early College High School on Tuesday evening at King Central Park. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Samantha McGrade continued the Stokes Early College High School tradition by decorating her cap for graduation. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Graduates pose with teacher and guest speaker Elizabeth Guiles on Tuesday evening. - - Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Thirty-two graduates from Stokes Early College received their high school diploma on Tuesday evening at King Central Park.

“This group of graduates is very special to me,” said Principal Misti Holloway. “You began your journey at Stokes Early College the same year I did, so we have grown as Falcons together.”

The graduates voted on a class motto which Holloway said was fitting for the young adults.

The roof may not be our children, but we can still raise it.

“Class of 2018, your accomplishments are quite impressive. You have earned almost 6.3 million dollars in scholarship awards. You have definitely set a new record of scholarships, academic achievement and you have a willingness to give back to your community,” Hollaway said. “Several of our students have earned full academic scholarships, others have received enough money to pay for both a bachelor and a master’s degree. Just think if you found a way to pay for college without any debt at 18, what could you accomplish at 25 or 30 or even 50?”

The principal reminded the graduates they were created with special gifts and natural talents.

“Use them to make a positive mark on the world. You have so many people here rooting for you and cheering you on, including your Falcon family. Your teachers and I have enjoyed being a part of your journey. It’s been an absolute privilege being your principal and watching you mature into the young adults you are today. We are so proud of you.”

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

Calvin Vandergrift receives his high school diploma on Tuesday night.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0778-1-1-2.jpgCalvin Vandergrift receives his high school diploma on Tuesday night. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The graduating class voted to have teacher Elizabeth Guiles as the guest speaker on Tuesday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0684-2.jpgThe graduating class voted to have teacher Elizabeth Guiles as the guest speaker on Tuesday. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Stokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice, challenged the Class of 2018 to continue pushing themselves and strive to reach for greatness.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0665-2.jpgStokes County Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice, challenged the Class of 2018 to continue pushing themselves and strive to reach for greatness. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Principal of Stokes Early College High School, Misti Holloway, congratulated the graduating class for receiving nearly 6.3 million dollars in scholarships.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0655-1-1-2.jpgPrincipal of Stokes Early College High School, Misti Holloway, congratulated the graduating class for receiving nearly 6.3 million dollars in scholarships. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Salutatorian Spencer Davis said during his time at Stokes Early College, he learned support and friendship is necessary in life.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0698-1-1-2.jpgSalutatorian Spencer Davis said during his time at Stokes Early College, he learned support and friendship is necessary in life. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Valedictorian Kaitlyn Barham, daughter of David and Nicole Barham in Pine Hall, earned the highest grade point average in her graduating class and will be attending the UNC-Chapel Hill this fall.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0715-2.jpgValedictorian Kaitlyn Barham, daughter of David and Nicole Barham in Pine Hall, earned the highest grade point average in her graduating class and will be attending the UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Jazzmine Hairston and each of the students in this year’s graduating class placed red beads around Misti Holloway’s neck before receiving their diploma as a token of appreciation for the principal.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0737-2.jpgJazzmine Hairston and each of the students in this year’s graduating class placed red beads around Misti Holloway’s neck before receiving their diploma as a token of appreciation for the principal. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Graduates wait for the moment to move their tassels.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0792-1-1-2.jpgGraduates wait for the moment to move their tassels. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Stokes Early College graduated 32 young adults on Tuesday evening at King Central Park.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0814-2.jpgStokes Early College graduated 32 young adults on Tuesday evening at King Central Park. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Jessica Bourdon celebrates her graduation from Stokes Early College High School on Tuesday evening at King Central Park.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_IMG_1097-2.jpgJessica Bourdon celebrates her graduation from Stokes Early College High School on Tuesday evening at King Central Park. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Samantha McGrade continued the Stokes Early College High School tradition by decorating her cap for graduation.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_IMG_1096-2.jpgSamantha McGrade continued the Stokes Early College High School tradition by decorating her cap for graduation. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Graduates pose with teacher and guest speaker Elizabeth Guiles on Tuesday evening.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_DSC_0826-1-1-2.jpgGraduates pose with teacher and guest speaker Elizabeth Guiles on Tuesday evening. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News
Class of 2018 sets school record of 6.3 million in scholarships

By Amanda Dodson

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