The Class of 2017 at Lenoir County Learning Academy was awarded diplomas Friday amid praise for “not letting obstacles get in the way of achieving your goal.”
The seven graduating seniors heard Master Sgt. Herbert Gray, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a military instructor at Kinston High School, warn against using an emotional “crutch” to justify failure and to build on their achievement. “There is destiny in your lives,” he said.
Principal Andre Whitfield presented the Outstanding Senior award to Jasmine Lee and recognized Say’Quan Carr for earning a scholarship to Lenoir Community College, where he plans to study culinary arts.
Also graduating were Marion Bester, Nicholas Jackson, JuQuan Mosely, Jada Stevens and Likita Waters.
(An album of graduation photographs is on the LCPS Facebook page.)
The commencement, held in the chapel at Kennedy Home, where Learning Academy is located, was the first of four high school graduations scheduled for LCPS seniors Friday and Saturday. South Lenoir, Kinston and North Lenoir high schools follow suit on Saturday.
More than 600 members of the Class of 2017 will receive diplomas from LCPS high schools this year.