By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Edgecombe County Public Schools seniors will walk across the stage and receive their high school diplomas Monday and Tuesday at their respective venue.
“Edgecombe County Public Schools is proud of the accomplished students that will graduate Monday and Tuesday nights,” said John Farrelly, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools. “Throughout their high school years our staff has prepared each student with the tools and knowledge to succeed in college and in the working world. We know that each one of our seniors is ready to walk across the stage as a life-long learners.”
Tarboro High School and North Edgecombe High School graduations are set for tonight with Tarboro starting at 6 p.m. on the Vikings Football Field and North at 8 p.m. in Edgecombe Community College’s Keihin Auditorium. SouthWest Edgecombe High School’s graduation is 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Lee R. Hall Football Field located on the school's campus.
Darrell Richardson, interim principal at Tarboro High School, has great expectations for his 123 graduates.
“They have been a hardworking group,” Richardson said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of good things for these students when they get a chance to get out in the world and expand on their experiences.”
Tarboro’s lead administrator said the 2012-2013 year has been a good year for the seniors in academics and athletics, with the acceptances of many students to colleges and universities and the success of the Vikings football team.
“The students have been involved in state championships the entire time they’ve been in high school,” Richardson said.
One of those graduates is Kristofer Evans, an athlete who plans to attend Edgecombe Community College before transferring to a four-year university to study to become an athletic trainer.
“He played on two of the state championship teams for Tarboro and he also played on the tennis team,” said Kristofer’s father George Evans. “He’s just a really well-rounded kid…He has worked really tremendously hard.”
To Kristofer, walking across the stage and receiving his diploma will feel like a “great achievement.”
“It’s going to be a joyous moment,” he said. “It’s also kind of a sad moment of not seeing all your friends after Monday.”
Graduation will be a bittersweet time for Felicia Eason, mother of SouthWest graduate Samuel Eason, as well.
“It’s a sad day in a way, but it’s a happy day,” Felicia Eason said. “I’ve been very proud of him. He has succeeded in a lot of ways – being an Eagle Scout, he was on the swim team all four years, he was in the ROTC for four years…He’s always been an ‘AB’ honor roll student.”
Samuel Eason plans to attend East Carolina University, where he will study civil engineering.
North Edgecombe Principal Robert Batts, also talked highly of his students.
"The Class of 2013 of North Edgecombe High is indeed a special class to me as it is my first graduating class as principal," said Batts. "Throughout this year, they have excelled in academics and athletics, therefore making this year truly memorable for all. They have formed lasting relationships with the faculty and staff and each other and we hope that as they all go their separate ways, that they will cherish each memory made at NEHS as the days go by.