North Stokes was the first of four graduations held throughout the county on Thursday evening. The graduating class earned $1.3 million in scholarships and 85 percent have been accepted into post-secondary institutions.
“You have accomplished some great things during your time together,” said Viking principal Nathan Rasey. “You are unique and there has never been anyone like you, never has been, never will be, don’t ever forget that. You have planted some very special seed along the way and tonight you are reaping what you have sown. You have worked very hard to get where you are.”
The graduating class included 93 seniors. Thirty-two participated in sports and 19 were chosen scholar athletes.
“Many of you have been involved with music, community, FFA, allied heath, the fire department, and many others things that we could mention. Fight the urge to take the easy way out. Be the best you can be and make good decisions, and remember who you represent. “
Stokes Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice took to the podium and spoke of knowing what the secret to life is.
“It’s just one thing, but it’s up to you to figure out what that one thing is,” Rice said. “As you embark on life you are going to face many difficult decisions in the coming days. The key to making any difficult decision is that one thing. There are many ways in making a decision and for me personally I ask if it’s legal, moral, ethical, and is it good for children. Find your one thing and if you make a mistake, admit it and apologize.”
Valedictorian Kinzi Flippin addressed the packed house and offered advice to her classmates.
“Today we are closing a door and opening a new door that will lead us into our futures. Success is not how much money you have or the materialistic things you possess. Success is not what society makes it out to be, it’s how you define it for yourself. Choose your own path and find out what brings you joy. That is your success.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.