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Class of 2020 a tribute to high school seniors in northwest/northern Guilford County

WHAT’S INSIDE Congratulations, Class of 2020! ..........................................2 The last few months were ‘just crazy’ ..................................4 Parting words ........................................................................6 Blake Sullivan, NWHS student body president ..................8 Jackson Reeves, NWHS senior class president .................9 NWHS valedictorian/salutatorians....................................10 NWHS top scholars ..............................................................12 NWHS graduate list ..............................................................14 Congrats Taylor Lowman, on perfect attendance ........22 The year in photos ...............................................................24 NWHS senior fights his way back .......................................27 Congrats Noah Robertson, Page HS valedictorian .......28 Congrats Tyler Sapp, on perfect attendance .................28 Graduate list.........................................................................28 Parting words ..................................................................... 30 Cadee Gafford, Northern student body president ........32 Rianna Allen, Northern senior class president ................33 Northern valedictorian, salutatorian ................................34 Katy Price, Trinity scholar ....................................................35 Northern top scholars .........................................................36 Northern graduate list ........................................................38 Congrats Kelisia Robinson, on perfect attendance ..... 43

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CONGRATULATIONS

To the Class of 2020, First, to the 515 Northwest Guilford High School graduates, to the 340 Northern Guilford High School graduates, and to the hundreds of other high school seniors in our readership area who are graduating from various other public and charter schools, private schools, and home school organizations – our sincere regret for the unexpected turn of events that began with school closings in mid-March.

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months of high school is inspiring and I pray you will seize the opportunity this pandemic has offered to find the treasures amidst the rubble, and to gain some valuable insights that will serve you well as you move on beyond familiar boundaries.

Don’t overlook the learning opportunities that challenges offer; acknowledge your fears, but don’t let them hold you back; embrace this day as if it Patti Stokes Your graduating class were your last; treasure publisher/editor has been part of a historic your health; remember you event that has left no one unafare important, but not the center of fected. As you say goodbye to your the universe; and no matter where high school years, we acknowledge life may take you, always find your we can’t give you back the senior way back home to the people who prom, senior awards ceremony, year- have loved and supported you in your book signing and senior picnic, and youth. traditional graduation ceremony you On behalf of PS Communicamissed. As you process and accept tions, we’re very honored to offer this these disappointments, we underpublication as a tribute to the Class stand for many of you it’s the lack of 2020 and hope it helps to shine a of closure and being able to share light on this milestone in your life and a precious last few months together give you the honor and recognition before going your separate ways that that you deserve. you regret the most. Class of 2020, you will be rememThanks to the efforts of parents, bered in very special ways, teachers, staff and community members who have found creative ways to Patti Stokes compensate for the things this panPresident, PS Communications demic has taken – to the extent they could – we hope you felt the love and P.S. One more thing – “If you want to support in ways no other graduating change the world, start off by makclass has experienced. ing your bed”— Admiral William H. McRaven (I highly recommend you Despite your youth, the resiliency read his book, “Make Your Bed”). you have shown in your last few

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‘It was just crazy’ The abrupt ending of the school year due to COVID-19 outbreak spurs principals, teachers and parents to make graduation for the Class of 2020 special despite the challenges by CHRIS BURRITT NW GUILFORD – For more than 800 graduating seniors, a final drive through the campuses of Northwest and Northern Guilford high schools is bringing an end to their high school years.

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It wasn’t a graduation that students, school staff and parents had ever anticipated, before the COVID-19 outbreak forced the closing of schools three months ago. It threw normalcy into uncertainty, abruptly separating friends, halting classes and sports and depriving the Class of 2020 of the traditions and perks enjoyed by seniors before them. “I felt bad for all of the students, especially the seniors who missed so many of rites of passage,” said Ralph Kitley, who retired as Northwest Guilford’s principal March 1, less than two weeks before the closing of school countywide due to the coronavirus.

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“These seniors had so much to look forward to in the spring of their senior year – senior Awards Day, the prom, the senior picnic, graduation itself and all of the things they had been looking forward to since they hit high school,” Kitley said. “All of a sudden there was nothing but question marks. It was just crazy.”

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To comply with social distancing requirements, schools across the county are staging drive-through graduation ceremonies on their campuses instead of gathering students at the Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Events Center as in years past. Northern Guilford scheduled its ceremony for this Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and 11, while Northwest Guilford will pass out diplomas to students this Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. Students “seem to be pretty excited about it under the circumstances,” said Janiese McKenzie, Nothern Guilford’s principal. “We would all rather have a traditional graduation for our kids where they can all be together as a class and cheer and clap for each other.” Instead, students will drive through their school’s campus with their families, passing the football stadiums, athletic fields and buildings before exiting their cars and walking across temporary stages to receive their diplomas and have their photographs made. Kitley plans to assist Tanya Hiller, who is serving as Northwest Guilford’s interim principal until the end of June. While she plans to escort students to the stage erected in the parking lot near the football field, Kitley will give them their diplomas, she said.

“It’s going to be ‘all things senior,”’ Hiller said. “Everyone’s tried to add a special touch.” ... continued on p. 46


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Parting words from the NWHS Student Body PRESIDENT Traditionally, the student body president of Northwest Guilford High School is given an opportunity to speak at the commencement ceremony. Due to COVID-19 that opportunity wasn’t an option this year, so we invited Blake Sullivan to write a letter to his classmates. He readily accepted, and here’s what he had to say …

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tage of every moment when our world returns to a state of normalcy.

Graduating from high school (especially during a pandemic) is no easy task, but that is exactly the reason why we will benefit longterm. The word “perseverance” is defined by dictionary.com as the “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.”

Perseverance is glossed over too often. Society loves to talk about the steadfastness, faithfulness, and reward in perseverance, but it largely ignores the struggle involved. The

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Blake Sullivan, NWHS student body president

Even though I am writing this at home, let me begin by honoring our school’s tradition of daily announcements: “Good morning, Northwest. It is (and will always be) a great day to be a Viking.” For the past year, I have thought about possible topics for my graduation speech, but I could never have guessed what was in store for our senior year. Although I could

focus on missed opportunities and pout about our situation, I would like to address how the unplanned end to our senior year can lead to a positive outcome. In doing so, I am not overlooking the fact that there are a few obvious and negative outcomes in the finality of the past twelve years, but I want to affirm these negatives will soon fade in the scope of time and the positives from this season of life will emerge. I probably have your attention by now. You are most likely wondering, “Blake, how could

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do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.” Since elementary school, we have learned how to persevere through brain-wrenching math concepts, loads of homework, and letter grades that were not where we wanted them to be. Right now, we are learning an even larger lesson about perseverance as we face difficulties, loneliness, and helplessness. Though our situation is uncomfortable, our character is being shaped whether we realize it or not. For example, we now recognize the invaluable importance of face-to-face instruction. When we persevere through quarantine, we will benefit by working more effectively and efficiently with others and will appreciate faceto-face instruction and collaborative interaction more than we did before our stay-at-home mandate. The same can be said about learning the necessity of spending time with friends. Persevere a little longer and I promise we will be able to be with our friends again, and we will appreciate their company more than ever. Lastly, we are realizing the importance of treating every opportunity like it is our last. If we persevere through this time, we can exemplify an opportunistic attitude and take advan-

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struggle is what refines character, and it is what is refining us right now. Romans 5:3-4 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” The suffering we are enduring right now is not easy. However, not all hope is lost for our situation because as long as we persevere through this, we will develop our character, and with a more developed and mature character, we will see the hope of positive outcomes in the darkest moments of life. I may be a little radical in saying this, but let this shortened senior year define you.

Let it show that you developed a strong character that will be able to adapt to and thrive in the post-education season of your life. Let it show that you will search for the positive outlooks when circumstances appear dark. I am so grateful to have served as your student body president for the past year and to be a fellow Viking. I know all of us are well-equipped to succeed in whatever avenue life paves for us. I hope to see everyone soon. Thank you Northwest, and have a great Viking day.

Blake Sullivan 2019-2020 student body president


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Despite lack of closure, ‘we are grateful for the opportunities we had in the fall and winter,’ says senior class president by PATTI STOKES Blake Sullivan got involved in student government as a freshman at Northwest Guilford. His brother, a senior at that time, was running for Student Council and told Blake he might as well run, too, because Blake was going to be at all the meetings anyway while waiting for his brother to drive him home.

Meghan Andrews Northwest Guilford High UNC-Charlotte, fall 2020

Prior to his role as student body president, Blake The brothers both got had other leadership roles, elected and as student body including with Fellowship of representatives helped bring Christian Athletes and the back the TWIRP dance, once school’s guitar club – but a tradition at Northwest that Blake Sullivan those involved a relatively has a twist – the ladies typismall number of students. cally ask the guys to the dance and

Evan Andrews New Garden Friends School UNC-Asheville, fall 2020

pay for the dance tickets, dinner, etc. “We had the first TWIRP dance in years and had a fantastic response,” Blake recalled. “That year I got bit by the ‘Student Council bug’ and enjoyed having tangible proof of the student government’s impact on changing our school.” Four years later and as a rising senior, Blake was elected to represent the entire student body as Student Council president. Boosting school spirit was at the top of his list of goals for the year.

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“the biggest Homecoming Week I’ve ever seen,” Blake said. “The (homecoming) dance had a fantastic turnout; we had a parade before the homecoming game and spirit activities throughout the week leading up to it. It was great to see everyone enjoying it and a ton of great memories were made that week.”

“We have great teachers, students and community, but for some reason school spirit seemed to be low,” he said. “I wanted this to be the year we made school spirit go through the roof.” After brainstorming with other student leaders on how to enhance Homecoming Week, the school had

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“When you are the representative of a student body of over 2,000, it’s much different,” he said. In his role as student body president, he drew on the leadership skills of many, including his father.

“My dad is a fantastic leader and I look up to him for his leadership qualities… Multiple times I went to him and asked, ‘how do you deal with this situation?’” Recently retired Northwest principal Ralph Kitley was another person he relied on. “Mr. Kitley was a fantastic help and he was right there the whole time. I and other student representatives went to lunch with him once a month. He would have conversations with us, give us advice, and really pour into our lives. He really helped us mature as leaders.”

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NWHS Senior Class PRESIDENT Student Council senior class president by MEREDITH BARKLEY

Jackson Reeves

Jackson Reeves’ first foray into elected office was a winner. Last spring his classmates voted him president of Northwest Guilford’s senior class.

“I’m very honored to have served,” said Reeves, noting it was his mom who urged him to throw his hat into the ring for the class president’s role. “I’m glad she did, because working with the student council representatives and administrators at the school was an amazing experience,” he said. Among those administrators he most

enjoyed working with was recently retired principal Ralph Kitley, whom Reeves described as “an amazing administrator” who “truly cared about the students.” As senior class president, Reeves worked with his classmates to plan dances, fundraisers and activities to promote school spirit, such as those surrounding Homecoming Week and the powder puff football game, where the girls take to the football field as players and the boys cheer them on. He also listened to student concerns and worked with others to help find solutions. One annoyance they tried to address: a leaky roof in an older part of campus that had students walking around buckets in a hall. It was early March when the school

year took a wild turn – that’s when the coronavirus forced learning to go online.

year – that plan garnered the support of school officials and won out, he said.

It also forced cancellation of such long-anticipated events as prom and the senior picnic. Despite the pandemic, he and other student leaders hoped there would still be an opportunity to come together and recognize students for their achievements. Some of the ways that is typically done is with endof-season sports banquets and concerts, a spring art show and the annual senior awards ceremony in May … but those didn’t happen this year either.

“Some are happy with that. Some aren’t,” he noted.

That left him “saddened,” Reeves said, noting he has known many of his peers since elementary school.

Reeves said he will miss the friends, teachers and administrators he got to know at Northwest. Among his favorite teachers is physics teacher Caroline Stilwell (Hess), whom he credits with helping him develop an interest in physics.

Among his final duties before the senior year ended: help determine his classmates’ wishes for a graduation observance. Some, he said, wanted to wait and have a more traditional ceremony after the pandemic subsided. Others opted for a drive-through graduation at the end of the school

His year in a leadership role gave him empathy for those elected to serve. “I learned that no matter what, politics are stressful at any level,” Reeves said. But, he added, he also “learned that hard work really does pay off in the end. The stuff we were able to work on turned out amazing.”

“It became my favorite period of the day,” he said. This August Reeves will head to Western Carolina, where he plans to study electrical engineering.

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Northwest Guilford VALEDICTORIAN by MEREDITH BARKLEY When Teresa Pan began her freshman year at Northwest Guilford, she said she had little idea of what a valedictorian even was. Teresa Pan Unaware that anyone would be tracking class rankings, she had one simple goal when it came to her academics: out-do her brother, who was a year ahead. “I wanted to one-up him,” admitted Pan, a native Mandarin speaker who came to the United States at age 11. Four years later, Pan is graduating

academically at the top of her class, with a 4.7+ GPA. She’s honored with her accomplishment, but also seems a bit bemused by the recognition. “I am proud that I am valedictorian,” she said. “It is not something I was seeking to be. But from taking the classes that I love and am interested in, I came upon the title.” Pan nearly ran the table with As while at Northwest. Her only final grade below an A came her freshman year – ironically, in a Mandarin class, in which she finished with a B (she’d turned in a project late and had points deducted). This August she’ll head to UNC-Chapel Hill, where she’ll likely major in business. While Pan excelled in the classroom, she also picked up a few life

lessons that weren’t in her textbooks. Some came from her sophomore precalculus teacher, Joe Hamilton. His class followed her first-period AP World History class, which proved the most challenging of her high school career.

found English and history less interesting, but science and math grabbed her.

“I got a borderline A” in World History, Pan said. “It was a struggle.”

During part of high school, she also had classes at GTCC. As a junior last year she took a heavy, 10-class load of science and math courses. The tradeoff was that this year her class load was a lot lighter.

She found Hamilton’s class enjoyable and engaging, but it was her teacher’s wise counsel that stuck. “Focus on your goals,” he advised, and “don’t get distracted.” “He was the best teacher ever,” said Pan, who also ran cross country and track at Northwest and participated in several school organizations. Although born in the United States, she said she spent most of her earlier childhood years in China. Of her classroom subjects, she

“I like the logic of math and science,” she said. “It makes more sense to me.”

After Ap World History as a sophomore, “my junior and senior years were a breeze. Everything else compared to that class was so much easier,” Pan said. To relax, Pan enjoys watching (often binge watching) Korean dramas with Mandarin subtitles. They’re “very addictive,” she said.

Northwest Guilford SALUTATORIANS

Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates and congratulates its graduating seniors: Megan Aydelette, Chloe Beam, Owen Elwonger and Gretta Overmyer We are proud of you and send you with our prayers and blessings. Go with God’s grace to love and serve the world.

Megan is a lifelong homeschooler, has been dually enrolled at GTCC for her junior and senior years and after completing her AA, she plans to transfer to a university to pursue a degree in Industrial Design. Megan has enjoyed many summers at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe, NC, as a camper, an LIT and will return this summer as a staff member. Chloe is graduating from NWGHS. She is smart, funny, beautiful, talented and compassionate. She will be attending UNCC this fall and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Motorsports Engineering. Her entire family is proud of her and loves her bunches! Owen is graduating from NGHS where he has played baseball and wrestled, going to state himself, with the team winning the state championship. He has earned the Service Learning Certificate. He will be attending Ole Miss this fall and studying Business. Gretta is a senior at NWGHS. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National German Honor Society and National Art Society. She loves animals, volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center, hiking, being outdoors, traveling and art. She will be entering the Life Sciences program at NC State in the fall.

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Krystyna Derezinska-Choo

Christa Simaan

by MEREDITH BARKLEY Krystyna Derezinska-Choo, Christa Simaan and Sarah Arteaga tied this year for class salutatorian.

KRYSTYNA DEREZINSKA-CHOO If the coronavirus pandemic and the upheaval it caused taught Krystyna Derezinska-Choo anything, it’s that the course of life can change in a hurry. “It’s sad that we won’t get a goodbye together,” Derezinska-Choo, one

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of Northwest Guilford’s three salutatorians, said of her classmates and school friends. When they left school March 13, they had no way of knowing it’d be their last time together for the school year. “It’s a reminder of how quickly things change,” she said. “It’s going to make us more present with each other.” Although she’s looking forward to going to college in a few months, her high school experience remains large.


“I like that Northwest has a lot of school spirit and academic rigors,” she said, noting it hasn’t been easy staying academically at the top of her class. “There’s a lot of hard-working, smart students at Northwest,” Derezinska-Choo said. “It’s good to be with students who work just as hard and are just as passionate about learning.” She was also grateful for the level of instruction her school offered. Her favorite teacher: Scott Walker, who taught her honors English and AP English composition classes which she said were “discussion-based” and engaging. “He wanted to hear what every student had to say,” Derezinska-Choo said. Just as important, she added, “He taught me a lot about how to be a better writer,” a skill that will remain with her long after high school. In the high-stakes competition for grades and class rankings, she hadn’t expected to finish as a salutatorian, although she had long been academically near the top of her class. Her favorite extra-curricular activity in high school has been tutoring at Northwest Middle School. There she worked with teachers who she had in middle school and she tutored some students who are now in high school.

CHRISTA SIMAAN Christa Simaan made all As through high school, but learned early on there was more to gain from her school experience than just high grades. “It’s good to have a nice balance and do everything I can,” said Simaan, a Northwest salutatorian. “Everything,” she said, has included four years of playing on the varsity golf team, going to basketball and football games, hanging out with friends and family, holding a part-time job and founding a technology camp for girls.

Her advice to classmates: Don’t get down on yourself if some plans don’t work out. That simply means your life will take a different, more promising path. “Your plan will eventually reveal itself,” she said wisely. From freshman year, her goal was to be among the top academic students. She recalls attending her oldest sister’s graduation four years ago and listening to student speeches. “I thought, ‘that’s where I really want to be, what I want to do,’” she said. At Northwest, she enjoyed being exposed to new people and new ideas.

But the coronavirus loomed over everything and came at a “pivotal” time, she said.

“I definitely grew as a person,” said Simaan, who’d come from a “very rigorous” charter school. “I changed, and I think it was for the better. I love every teacher I ever had.”

Derezinska-Choo is headed to UNC-Chapel Hill in August to pursue a degree in nursing.

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“It’s important to do the best job you can, but also have good relationships and be a good role model for others,” she said.

“It was so nice to give back,” Derezinska-Choo said.

“We’re so focused on the chase for grades. It’s easy to miss other things,” she reflected. As she moves beyond the current situation, she said, “I’ll be looking for a balance, making time for what really matters, like family and stuff.”

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Next fall she’s headed to University of Pennsylvania, where she’ll major in computer science. She hopes to be a software engineer. She said she’s worked with robotics since first grade and has been an advocate for women in STEM (science,

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Congratulations to these 54 students who graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.5+

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Sarah Arteaga

Brooks Atwell

Hallie Bell

Brennan Berry

Mary Beverly

Mary Bradley

Devin Bradshaw

Jimmy-Lee Brown

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Isaac Byrd

Krystyna Derezinska-Choo

Trey Foulks

Joseph Fries

Shelby Harbaugh

Jordan Hillard

Wenyue Jia

Hua Jiang

Erika Kallam

Ana Maria Keating

Garrett Kessel

Celeste Kidd-O’Brien

Margaret Lucas

Christy Ma

Mackenzie Major

Jaden Malley

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Harrison Neeble

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Kelsey Marie Cheney

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Nickolas Scott Burlew

Jeremy Matthew Corkhill

Dylan Ray Byrd

Elliot Neil Couture

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Wade Anthony Cox

Louis Joseph Abbott

Hannah Michael Baker

Yasmine Fatimah Abdelhaq

Meshela Miko Isoia Balambao

Rachel Marie Abele

Haleigh Nikole Ballard

Kaylan Shawn Acker

Sarah Gail Barham

Michael Beimnut Adal

Alec Bryant Barnes

Shay Victory Adio

Tanner Ray Barton

Kush Prashant Agarwal

Robert Davis Baugh

Ahmad Wael Al-Qaq

Chloe Reese Beam

Jenell Chanay Alford

Cory Allen-Wayne Beck

Ayanna Niema Ali

Violet May Behnke

Landon Urbain-Lozier Alison

Hallie Grace Bell

Hannah Hajim Almatarneh

Claire Cholette Bercaw

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Ava Baudreau Berry

Valdir Fernandes Andrade Jr

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Aeda Lyn Andrews

Mary Alexandra Beverly

Ma’kye Kapri Calloway-Matthews

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Anna Rose Blake

Lucas Daniel Carminelli Corretjer

Johanna Lizbeth Aparicio

Rachel Faith Blevins

Emma Joyce Carson

Jackson Solomon Aronson

James Graham Bonham Jr

Ellis Khari Carson II

Sarah Nicole Arteaga

Haley Elizabeth Booth

Sydney Elizabeth Carter

Melanie Rosalba Ashburn

Scottsman Manning Boris

Thalia Charlize Carter

Ryan Dean Askew

Robert Forest Boulton

Cameron Alexander Casillas

Aaliyah Marie Atkins

Madison Elizabeth Bowen

Fernando Jose Castellanos Lima

Lindsey Grace Atkins

Justen Daryl Brackley

Nicolas Alexander Chandler

Philip Brooks Atwell

Mary Madison Bradley

Connie Hyun Joo Chang

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Madeline Mckayla Cadby

Marc Andrei Cronan

David Andrew Cake

Alyssa Michelle Cross

Brianna Calcaterra

Caleb Luke Da Silva

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We are so proud of all of your accomplishments, 2-time State Champion for cheer, all-American Cheerleader, yearbook editor, officer for United Youth of Excellence, and tennis at Forest Hills Central! Looking forward to the amazing things you will be doing at NC State – Go Wolfpack! We Love you, XOXO Love, Mom, Dad, Max, Izzy, Charlotte, Lucy and Honey

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Joseph “Joey” Doyle

Northwest Guilford High School Virginia Tech, Fall 2020 Joey is a proud member of the NWHS Class of 2020. He has been awarded the National Naval ROTC Scholarship and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Emerging Leader Scholarship. Joey will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall, with plans to study engineering. Let’s go, HOKIES! We are so proud of him and excited to see what great things God has planned for his future. We love you, Joey!!


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James Nelson Greene

Neeve Taylor Drysdale

Christopher Nobles Farmer

Blake Allen Gardner

Mary Elizabeth Greene

Sara Sophia DuMond

William Thompson Farrell

Landry Tanner Garris

Addison Clair Greenhill

Emily Janell Dunn

Declan Joseph Feeley

Jessica Andrea Gaytan

Bethany Elyse Greer

Nathan Dunn

Santiago Leon Ferguson

Joshua James Gee

Lauren Jade Gregory

Madeline Elizabeth Duvall

Grayson Rose Fidishun

Olivia Maria Gennaro

Annie Hudgins Grove

Elaina Marie Fleming

Reece Savage Gentry

Nathaly Daniela Gutierrez

Cassie Michelle Eberle

Kevin Anthony Flores

Adam Christopher Gietzen

Thomas David Edwards

Gavin Thomas Forsman

Lesley Gil-Rodriguez

Jeffery Harmon Hall

Jason Banks Ellington Jr

Samantha Diongson Foster

Jenna Lee Ginther

Jackson Alexander Hallman

Ivy Magdalen Presley Ellis

Trey Evander Foulks

Devin William Goffredo

Claire Emma Halterman

Catheryn Lorraine Engel

Hope Sophia Freshwater

Sophia Elizabeth Goga

Christopher Ryan Hamphill

Jacob Wesley England

Myles Louis David Freshwater

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Christain Tyvon Hampton

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Aidan Cole Frey

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Chase & Chad will attend Western Carolina University, Fall 2020

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Chad Harrell

We are so proud of y’all. Watching you grow into polite young men has been a blessing in our lives. I will never forget the Pigeon Forge trips with y’all and Dawn, especially the last one. I thank God for letting me be your Memaw. Love you more!!! Jeremiah 29:11 Memaw & Grandpa (Kay & Mike)

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Ethan Rolando Hoffman

Alisha Brielle Harrelson

Ethan Tyler Holbrook

Claire Marie Jacoby

Navshalin Deep Kaur

Taylor Alexis Harrison

Benjamin Laurence Holcomb

Grace Nicole James

Ana Maria America Keating

Ashley Elizabeth Hartman

Annelise Liberty Holmes

Andres Felipe Jaramillo Rodriguez

Garrett Edward Kessel

Jenna Laurine Hartman

Summer Nicole Holmes

Richelle Imani Jeffy

Celeste Kidd-O’Brien

Justin Edward Harvell

Austin Cornelis Hooijschuur

Wenyue Jia

William Anthony Kieffer

Hailey Ray Hawkins

Faith Renee Hornsby

Hua Jiang

Gabrielle Jin Kim

Saunly Pandora Hean

Denny Manuel Horruitiner

Anthony Christian Johnson

Seihn Kim

Terry Eldon Hedenskog II

Layton Victoria Howard

Baylie Caroline Johnson

Seohyun Kim

Brooke Arianna Hedgecock

Maxwell James Huber

Brooke Allyson Johnson

Ethan Grant King

Jake Austin Hedgecock

Madeleine Diane Huffman

Dawn Renae Johnson

Kaitlyn Brooke Kiser

Brendan Herbst

Lily Anna Hughes

Turner Holladay Johnson

Jonathan Isaiah Kigonya Kizito

Nancy Jazmin Hernandez Pena

Owen Avery Hughes

Riley Barr Joncas

Kihyun Kwon

Mauricio Hernandez-Martinez

Mya Louise Hulse

Christian Alexander Jones

Ashley Noelle Hettman

Jacklyn Elsa Humel

Marissa Maria Jordan

Benjamin Joseph Lacer

Lily Ana Hickman

Joshua Harry Humphrey

Caley Maxine Justice

Madeline Ann Lacopo

Jessica Rose Higgins

Avery Paul Hurst

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Grayson Elisabeth Kanoy

Cody Marion

Cody was honored with the Service Learning Excellence Award for volunteering 250 hours of community service mainly at W/S Ronald McDonald House, SPCA of the Triad and Stokesdale Parks and Recreation. He also received recognition from the National Technical Honor Society. Cody, your family is so very proud of you! You have worked very hard to graduate with terrific grades in addition to all you service and achievements. You have grown up into an outstanding young man and we look forward to seeing what you do and become in the next chapters of your life.

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Northwest Guilford High School UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2020

Words on a page could never depict how much joy, love, and laughter you have brought into our lives. It has been an honor to share every adventure, every milestone, every hardship, and every celebration with you the past 18 years. We could not be prouder of you, Trey! Through hard work, determination, and perseverance, you have achieved exactly what you set out to do and we can’t wait to celebrate the next chapters in life with you. We love and support you always, Dad, Mom, and Josh


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Ayden Nicole Law

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Ryan James Patterson

Jaiden Davon Lawrence

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Jadyn Keinan Muhammad

Nicholas Tanner Peacock

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Cody Wayne Marion

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Jordan Alexander Lech

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Natalie Ann Muntyan

Danika Cristine Perez-Capell

Erynne Chen Lee

Cade Fischer Martin

Spencer Illarion Murray

Tristan Elijah Perry

Avery Lynn Leggett

Emma Cross Martin

Mackenna Grace Myers

Kayla Mary Jean Peters

Ryan Colby Lemons

Ethan Samuel Martin

Roberto George Leon

Gabrielle Elise Martin

Harrison Reed Neeble

Cassie Leigh Petty

Adam Jeffrey Leonard

Sean Alexander Martineau

Allison Marie Neumann

Nathan Scott Phelps

Kema James Leonard

Jonathan William Mayes

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Riley Ann McCallister

Katelin Elaine Nierle

David Michael Phillips

Michael Blake Lett

Austin D’Maco McClinton

Mitchell Arne Nikula

Taya Mckinzie Noel Phillips

Evan Matthew Lewis

William Bryant McCorquodale

Devin Riley Nix

Mackenzie Diana Pigg

Austin James Liebgott

Savannah Pleasants McCracken

Joseph Edwin Norris

Avery Elizabeth Pigue

Myah Elizabeth Lindstrom

Hannah Elizabeth McFarland

Kameryn Leigh Nowlin

Julian Manuel Pina

Arianna Angele Lites-Trevino

Eden Rebekah McKoin

Carlos Alberto Nunez Rodriguez

Eli Robert Pippenger

Kenneth Guillermo Lopez

Landon Joel McLamb

Aymara Lleru Lopez-Rodriguez

Montana Skylar Mears

Jamia Oglesby

Lauren Elizabeth Pollock

Katelynn Cecile Lovelace

Zoe Avery Michalak

Rylie Nicole Olsen

Olivia Ann Pool

Taylor Carson Lowman

Addison Elizabeth Middleton

Cory Ryan Olson

Daniel Charles Popp

Margaret Ellen Lucas

Rachel Dawn Milby

Valeria Maria Orozco

Greg Chignell Potter

Nicole Catherine Luther

Nicholas Craig Miller

Xavier Rafael Ortega

Carson Anthony Powell

Tyler Alan Miller

Anastasia Mara Ortt

Derrek Lake Price

Christy Ma

Brandon Russell Mills

Anna Mae Overman

Francesco Luca Proposito

Madison Rae Magyar

Tyler Scott Mitchell

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Ronnie, We are so proud of all you have accomplished and the man you have grown into, and we are excited to watch you experience life in Raleigh. Stay smart, kind, patient, loving, and make memories worth remembering. God has you in his hands. Congrats! Love, Your Beautiful Crazy Family xoxo

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Samuel Alejandro Ramos Tirado

Teresa Pan

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Jenna Nicole Parker

Jackson William Reeves

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Northwest Soccer Boosters

congratulates our Class of 2020

#2 Jeremy Van Duin UNC Chapel Hill

#4 Brooks Atwell Duke University

#10 Max Huber University of North Greenville (Team Captain)

#5 Eli Pippenger UNC Wilmington

#18 Mason Quinlan Appalachian State University

#8 David Cake University of North Greenville (Team Captain)

#22 Harrison Neeble NC State University

Seniors, I know this is not the way you envisioned ending your high school career, but I hope you will never forget the great memories you made at Northwest – and in particular, the Northwest soccer team. Your class is next to none with the achievements you have been able to reach during your four years: a 78-14-6 overall record, four consecutive conference titles, a quarterfinal appearance in 2017 and a Final Four appearance last season. As your coach, I am immensely proud of all of you, and on behalf of the Northwest Soccer Boosters, I congratulate the class of 2020! Day by Day, Coach Allred


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Luke Ronald Tharrington

Jenna Diane Revak

Bryceson Liam Sanders

Yan Patrick Siqueira da Cunha

Brandon Alexander Thomas

Payton Alexander Reyes

Adam Henry Sasser

Alexis Nitavanh Sirimongkhon

Daeshawn Rashard Thomas

Gage Harding Reynolds

Alidaycia Aryanna Rayne Saunders

Matthew Paul Sixberry

William Dalton Thomas

Joseph Mathew Rezek

Ioana Catrinel Scalco

Andrew Phillip Sizemore

Ainsley Marie Thompson

Kali Rae Ricciuti

Brittany Joy Secraw

Kiara Nichole’ Sloan

Ryan Douglas Thompson

Sarah Ivy Riedell

Abigail Marie Seidle

Jack Laplante Slomkowski

Jackson Philip Tilyard

Maya Catherine Ritenis

Michelle Semaan

Amber Nicole Small

Kenan Xavier Tippett

Miranda Rivera

Benjamin Joseph Senic

Eric Robert Small

Calvin Joseph Toland

Preston Gage Robinson

Jared Andrew Senic

Evan Michael Smith

Caroline Grace Tomlin

TiAndra Nichele Robinson

Malcolm Kelly Sessoms IV

Jakeblee Mitchell Smith

Peyton Michael Townsend

Payton Linley Rolland

Keala Anjolie Shaffer

Mckenna Lee Smith

Maria Luiza Hecke Trevisan

Francesca Pia Romano

Lauren Mackenzie Shaw

Gavin Quinn Snyder

Brennen Paige Tripp

Bailey Grace Rooks

Tanner James Shumpert

Taylor Thomas Soukup

Sidney Michele Tsui

Abigail Elaine Rose

Andrew William Shuttleworth

Brooke Janine Southern

Jacob Glen Rose

Paige Nicole Sigmon

Valerie Rose Southern

Graham Reagan Royal

Christa Elise Simaan

Nicholas Alexander Spencer

Tyler Mitchell Simmons

William Thomas Spradling

Oscar Ignacio Valadez Puente

Aaron Thomas Spruill

Jeremy David Van Duin

Connor Jonas Stafford

Michelle Scarlette Vasquez-Soto

Chantal Elise Stalling

Stephen Jeffrey Vega

Paris Nicole Stankewich

Michael Reece Venable

Joseph Alan Starr

Mitchell Alfred Vermilyea

Mason James Staszak

Nathan Aleck Vescio

Jacob Kenneth Stevens

Ronald Louis Villarosa Jr

Davon Robert Stewart

William Andrew Virost

Taylor Alexandra Strain

Alexandra Vlad

Dylan Jacob Streeter-Jimeno

Disha Ketankumar Vyas

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Claire Marie Surette

Chloe Elizabeth Walker

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Taylor Lowman set sights on perfect attendance early by CHRIS BURRITT SUMMERFIELD – As a second grader, Taylor Lowman read an article about a girl who won a college scholarship after achieving perfect attendance in school. “I had already gone through kindergarten and first grade, so I said ‘why not go all the way through 12th grade?’” Lowman said. A decade later, the 18-yearold accomplished the feat – never missing a day while attending Pearce Elementary School, Kernodle Middle School and Northwest Guilford High School.

The essay may have helped. She’s headed to Wilmington in August with plans to study nursing, probably neonatal care. “I love babies,” she said. “That would be the perfect job for me.”

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After getting perfect attendance awards in kindergarten and first grade, Taylor Lowman made it her goal to have perfect attendance all the way through school – and she did it!

“I was determined to go every day,” said Taylor, who wrote about her perfect attendance as “one of my lifetime achievements” in her essay for admission to UNCWilmington. “It helps with grades. You don’t miss lessons and tests and don’t have to catch up with work.”

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Taylor’s father, David, remembers when his daughter read the article about the girl who achieved perfect attendance. He said he encouraged her to pursue the goal, telling her something along the lines of “you can absolutely do anything you set your mind to.” “She saw it as a challenge,” he said. “I’m super proud of her commitment to stick with it.”

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Chase Harrell Northwest Guilford High School Western Carolina University

Blake Carter Randolph Community College A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

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Northwest High School’s Student Council set several plans in motion this year to boost school spirit. The first of two Spirit Weeks was held the first week in October and culminated with a homecoming parade and football game Oct. 4 and homecoming dance the following evening. For the first time, a second Spirit Week was held in the winter during basketball season and culminated with the TWIRP dance (“The Woman Is Requested To Pay”).

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t Principal NWHS Assistan lds a Wendy Farrow ho on May 6 “Congrats” sign graduates as the soon-to-be e student drove through th ck up parking lot to pi wns. their caps and go cing an Due to social dist ts en restrictions, stud t bu , rs r ca remained in thei e er w they along their route music and y el liv ith met w ring by staff clapping and chee g handmade members holdin s. signs and banner


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Northern Nighthawk students enthusiastically cheered their football team on last fall; shown in photo at right, Northern football players celebrate after another touchdown and below, fans continue the tradition of joining the drumline on the track after the third quarter of each football game to add to the sideline entertainment.

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To show support for he r graduating seniors, Northern Princi pal Janiese McKenzie committed to riding a ¾-mile lap around the school property on her bicycle for each of the school’s 340 graduati ng seniors. McKenzie started in ear ly May, riding 10 laps each weekday of the first week, then working her way up to 13 laps each weekday at 2:1 5 p.m., rain or shine, until she finishe d June 4. Before each lap she announced the name of the senior she was riding for and refl ected on that senior’s journey in hig h school as she rode in their honor.

 A large rock near the front entrance to North ern Guilford High School was painted in Ma y to honor the Class of 2020.


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...continued from p. 22 Over the years, the Summerfield family has arranged trips around Taylor’s school schedule so that she wouldn’t miss school. Once, she stayed behind and rode with an aunt and uncle to a family wedding in Ohio so she could attend school on a Friday. Taylor’s 14-year-old sister, Morgan, is following in her footsteps. She recently finished eighth grade at Kernodle without missing a day since kindergarten, setting her on course to pursue her big sister’s achievement when she enters Northwest Guilford High this fall as a freshman. Until the start of school last August, Taylor played competitive volleyball almost year-round with Carolina Spike Force, a travel volleyball club affiliated with the Spears YMCA of Greensboro. After routinely practicing four days

a week and traveling out of state for tournaments on weekends, she decided to focus on her school work instead of continuing to play. “I realized this was my last chance to get into the college I wanted, which was Wilmington, so I focused on keeping my grades up and keeping my perfect attendance,” she said. For the past year and a half, Taylor has worked at Well-Spring retirement community in Greensboro, which is helping her learn about caregiving as she prepares to study nursing. Over the past three months, the COVID-19 outbreak has given her new responsibilities, such as delivering meals to residents who aren’t leaving their rooms, and screening all visitors, including employees, before they can enter the facility. “It’s given her a sense of the nursing environment,” her father said. “She’s also picking up extra money for college.”

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technology, engineering and math). She used grant money from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a national nonprofit promoting girls and women in computing, to found camps for girls at UNCG and Appalachian State. She credits Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, a professor who was at UNCG and is now at Appalachian State, for assisting with those camps. She gives a nod to her mother and older sisters for helping her to be a good student. She learned alongside her sisters growing up, and particularly “loved math, every aspect of it.” When it came to her schoolwork, she said her mom was strict – no television during the week and no heading off to bed until all work was done. “I learned work ethic,” Simaan said.

SARAH ARTEAGA If Sarah Arteaga needed motivation to work hard and achieve at Northwest Guilford, she needed to look no farther than her parents. Her family, which moved from Venezuela when she was 11 months old, struggled. “They went through so many sacrifices,” said Arteaga, one of Northwest Guilford’s three salutatorians. “I had to take the opportunity they gave me and show them it was worth it.” While it wasn’t her goal to be salutatorian, she did want to be among the top in her class.

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toward going to dental school. She developed an interest in dentistry through her close personal connection with the specialty. She’s had a number of dental procedures, including braces, bone grafts and having wisdom teeth removed. After deciding to shadow her dentist and orthodontist to learn more, she decided that was the field she wanted to enter. Two summers helping at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center through its VolunTeen program gave her experience in a medical setting. There she did a variety of things, from making casts in orthopedics to filing papers for nurses and answering phones in the ICU. “Not only was I helping people,” she said, “but it gave me the opportunity to figure out what I wanted to do in my future.” While she earned all As in high school, those grades didn’t always come easy, she admitted. She tended to excel in math and science, but English and history were more of a struggle. And although math is one of her favorite subjects, calculus was one that especially proved to be a challenge this year. “My main problem is I was having to adapt to a different teaching style (referring to distance learning due to the pandemic),” she said. “I was used to one-on-one. If I needed help and was confused, I could go to the teacher. This year (especially the last few months) there was really no time to ask questions. You had to kind of figure it out.” Among her favorite teachers at Northwest were Cathy Haywood, AP Chemistry teacher, and Jessica Estep, Math 3 teacher. Arteaga, who is bilingual, played volleyball and soccer in high school and was a member of six school organizations.


With the love and support of family, NWHS senior fights his way back after near-fatal wreck by MEREDITH BARKLEY

STOKESDALE – Austin McClinton’s life turned in an instant late on July 25, 2018, when a collision near his Stokesdale home left the rising Northwest Guilford junior in a coma, fighting for life. Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who worked to mend his battered brain and body, weren’t sure he was going to make it. His mother, Christy Dalton, never lost hope. “I asked God to give me a sign,” she said. “I looked at him and the biggest tear ran down from his left eye.” She took that as the sign. “I was there every step of the way,” Dalton said. “I slept in chairs and on the floor.” This week Austin will participate in a drive-through graduation at Northwest. That has him “really excited” and “very thankful,” she said. It hasn’t been an easy slog. He and his family have had to stare down the odds.

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Northwest High School senior Austin McClinton has been fighting his way back since July 28, 2018, when he nearly lost his life in a car wreck. His brain is still “rewiring,” but he’s graduating this week and has plans to attend Rockingham Community College after he fully regains his ability to walk.

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Jordan Hillard

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Northwest Guilford High School UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2020

Jordan, We couldn’t be more proud of you! You can do anything you set your mind to with faith, hard work, determination and belief in yourself. We are your biggest fans and we will always be here for you. Love, Mom and Dad We hope your dreams take you To the corners of your smile, To the highest of your hopes, To the windows of your opportunities And to the most special places Your heart has ever known

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congratulations The following high school graduates are among those who live in our readership area and attended a high school other than Northwest Guilford or Northern Guilford. Thanks to those who submitted their information, and congratulations to these students and all the students living in our local communities who attended schools throughout Guilford County and beyond, including those who were home schooled.

CORNERSTONE ACADEMY Allison Louise Reeves Tyler Sapp, Summerfield EAST FORSYTH HS Kalista O’Shields, Oak Ridge MIDDLE COLLEGE at Greensboro College Zandria Ryleigh Elizabeth McComas, Stokesdale

NEW GARDEN FRIENDS SCHOOL Evan Andrews, Northwest Greensboro

NOBLE ACADEMY Davis Hardy Younginer, Summerfield

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY HS, Destanie Collins, Summerfield Stephanie Gonzalez, Summerfield NC CYBER ACADEMY Catherine Kinkead Crotts, Oak Ridge

WEAVER ACADEMY Adam Doyle, Summerfield WESLEYAN ACADEMY Luke Barrow, Oak Ridge Gavyn Byrd, Oak Ridge Jackson Bowman, Oak Ridge Ryley Nail, Oak Ridge Mackenzie Faith Wood, Summerfield

PAGE HS (IB program) Noah Robertson, Summerfield

Cornerstone’s Sapp ‘never had a reason’ to miss school by CHRIS BURRITT SUMMERFIELD – Tyler Sapp never missed a day of school – not even on senior skip day.

‘Math and science guy’ graduates at top of his class by PATTI STOKES

“He went to school every day including during exams when he didn’t have an exam on that day,” said Kitty Sapp, who raised her 17-year-old grandson with her husband, Tim. “All of his teachers knew he would be there anyway.” “I just never got sick,” said Tyler, who started his perfect attendance streak in 2007 as a kindergartner at Guilford Elementary School. “I never had a reason not to go to school.” Tyler said he enjoyed his friendships in school more than going to class so “it didn’t really bother me” when the COVID-19 outbreak forced the closing of schools in March.

In fact, he said, he enjoyed the break after 13 years of perfect attendance. “I didn’t have to go to school anymore and I got to hang out with my friends all day long,” said Tyler, who lives in Summerfield and finished high school at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Greensboro. He enjoys socializing with a group of 10 classmates, playing basketball, fishing and hanging out. He plans

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SUMMERFIELD – After he had already skipped one grade during his two years of attending public school, Noah Robertson’s parents were Noah Robertson given the option for him to skip another grade. Instead, they decided to try homeschooling and let him move at his own academic pace. It worked well, all the way from second grade through his sophomore year of high school. As he approached his junior year, Noah and his parents learned of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program offered at Page High School. They decided it would be a good fit for him. “It sounded like a good opportunity to get the high school experience, but I could still take the advanced (entrylevel college) classes that I wanted to take, plus have the bonus of graduating with my IB diploma,” Noah said. The IB program requires completion of three high-level classes and three lower-level (but still advanced) classes in a student’s junior and senior year. Just as with students who take advanced placement (AP) classes, students in the IB program graduate with college credits. Transitioning from being a homeschooled student to a large public school “was definitely kind of a nervous concept for me,” Noah admitted. “Prior to going to Page I only knew one person. But I think because there were only 70 kids in our IB program,

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Garrett Kessel Garrett was a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society. He will receive the GCS Service Learning Diploma with over 250 volunteer hours for working with the Backpack Ministry and Camp Carefree, and he is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Garrett played soccer for NC Fusion with the United States Development Academy and was his team’s captain for the last four years. He was selected as the Coach’s Player of the Year, the Player’s Player of the Year and was the Warrior Award recipient through NC Fusion. Garrett will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he will be playing for the UNC Men’s Soccer Team. He will major in Economics with plans to apply to the Business School. Brooks Atwell Brooks was Vice President of the National Honor Society, a member of the German National Honor Society, and a National Merit Finalist. Brooks will receive the GCS Service Learning Diploma with over 250 volunteer hours working with Camp Carefree and the Colfax Fire Department. He won all-conference honors and was a four-year member of the NW Varsity soccer team that set numerous school records and won the NCHSAA 4A conference championship four consecutive years. Brooks played soccer for NC Fusion in the Elite Clubs National League and US Development Academy program. He was an AP Scholar with Distinction and will graduate in the top 2% of his class. Brooks was recognized as a Trinity Scholar finalist and will be attending Duke University with plans to double major in Mathematics and Political Science.

Elizabeth Weidl Elizabeth was a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society. She played for the NW tennis team

in the #1 position for four years. She progressed to States in tennis all four years, was Captain of the Tennis team, and named Conference Player of the Year all four years. She also competed with the United States Tennis Association, earning a top 10 ranking in the state of North Carolina. Elizabeth will graduate in the top 2% of her senior class at NW and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. She will be attending Auburn University in the fall, participating in the Honors program, and studying Aerospace Engineering and Journalism.

Anna Blake Anna was a four-year Varsity swimmer on the NW Swim Team and also a 2-year Varsity Cross Country runner at NW. She progressed to Conference and Regional competitions in swimming all four years. Anna was a member of the German National Honor Society. She participated for many years as a swim coach at Oak Ridge Swim Club, where she also worked as a lifeguard. Anna volunteers as a Sunday School leader in the Kids Ministry at Mercy Hill Church. In the fall, Anna will be attending Appalachian State University with plans to pursue a degree in Nursing.

David Cake David was a four-year member of the Northwest soccer program. As a senior Varsity Captain, he helped lead the team to the regional finals; the farthest in school history. He contributed 11 goals and earned All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State soccer honors. He was a member of the German National Honor Society. David also volunteered with the NW youth soccer camp during multiple summers. He also captained his NC Fusion Elite club soccer team. David will continue his soccer career with the North Greenville University Crusaders in Tigerville, SC, with plans to major in Business Administration.

Blake Sullivan Blake was the Northwest Student Body President and led the NW Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He was Fox 8’s Rookie Anchor, and actively participated throughout high school in the Student Council to plan homecoming’s spirit week and dance, as well as TWIRP. As Blake stated in his morning announcements, he believed because of NW’s administration and faculty it truly was a “great day to be a Viking!” He will graduate in the top 2% of his senior class and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Blake will be joining the Wolfpack at North Carolina State University in the fall to major in Mechanical Engineering. Jeremy van Duin Jeremy was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He played for the NW Soccer team that advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 State Championship. Jeremy also played club soccer for Piedmont Triad FC. He captained his PTFC team and was named a NCSCA All Region player. Since 2014, Jeremy has volunteered as a tutor to school-aged children and also taught US citizenship classes to Burmese adults. Jeremy plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall and will major in Neuroscience and Exercise & Sports Science, with a minor in Spanish.


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Northern Guilford Student Body PRESIDENT by PATTI STOKES As a freshman at Northern Guilford, Cadee Gafford looked up to some of her upperclassmen in student government. She ran for a seat on Student Council the next year and was elected, and then her junior year she was elected student body vice president. This year she was elected student body president. One of her goals as student body president was to create traditions “that would last far beyond my time here,” Cadee said. “I feel we were able to do that. We brought back the TWIRP dance. And last year we succeeded in moving the homecoming dance off campus and held it at Summerfield Farms. I think those kinds of things brought us together as a school community, across all grade levels, and that was important to me.” Another goal was to “properly rep-

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resent the entire school,” and to do that she knew she needed to work with people of all ages, from faculty to parents to students and representatives of the school’s many clubs.

She cites a few mentors who have helped her along her leadership path. “A very big influence in my life was my calculus teacher, Mr. Sims,” she said. After returning from a trip in January which resulted in her missing about three weeks of school, she said she was “filled” with all the things she had to do to catch up. “One day Mr. Sims sat me down and told me that as a student leader in the

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school, people would be watching how I was going to bounce back with my school work,” she said. “He motivated me to succeed and I finished the work very quickly.” Rick O’Hare, a youth leader with Campus Life, a Christian-based program she’s been involved with since middle school, has been another mentor. “He taught me about how I have the ability to affect others and encouraged me to think about what I could do to add joy to other students’ lives. That’s why I wanted to be a Campus Life leader every Thursday morning,” she said. And then there is Mary Ann Vespa, her AP Art teacher, whom she describes as a “queen!” “She has especially taught me not to give up,” Cadee said. “With my art pieces, I sometimes get frustrated when things aren’t perfect. On one of my pieces, I really wanted her help, but she said, ‘No, Cadee, I need you to do it yourself. I know you can do it.’ “At first I thought, ‘What? She’s my art teacher!’ But then I kept working on it and in the end, it turned out to be one of my best pieces. I learned a lot from that.” Joan Baer, Northern’s Student Council adviser, has also been a mentor to Cadee. “I was nervous about running for Student Council – and especially about losing,” Cadee said. “She was a great help and advised me to stay true to my character, whether I won or lost.”

ulty with the idea she got turned down. “But this was something my classmates wanted and they expected me to help them. So, I got with the president of our Fine Arts Booster Club, went to a club meeting, and worked with them to make the dance into a fundraiser that would bring funds back into the art and dance program. The dance was held Feb. 15 and we raised $4,500. Everything went smoothly and it was all for a great cause.” As for the last few months of school, “At first we had the idea this would pass very quickly and we’d be back to our normal lives,” she said. “I was studying for a test at 11 p.m. and at midnight I got a text telling me we weren’t going to go back to school the next day. It was difficult to not be with my peers and experience this together.” One of the ways she and other student representatives communicated with their peers was through an Instagram account the Student Council had created earlier in the year, which gave students an opportunity to share their thoughts on how they were dealing with the pandemic. As she looks back on this past year, she considers what she wants to dwell on – the “amazing first part of the year” or the last few months. “The year 2020 doesn’t have to be a messed-up year in our memories,” she said. “As one of my favorite pastors said, we need to acknowledge that we’re going to have a new normal. We don’t want to go back to our old normal because we won’t understand our many blessings.”

Of this year’s challenges, Cadee said creating the TWIRP dance tradition was a challenge that had a great outcome.

Her advice to others? “Recognize your attitude is something you can control, make the best of every situation and think about how you can be a positive influence on other people.”

“There were a lot of things that had to be considered,” she said, noting that when she initially approached the fac-

Cadee will be attending N.C. State University next fall, where she plans to study textile design.

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Northern Guilford SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT by MEREDITH BARKLEY Rianna Allen expects her life to be all about helping others and giving a voice to the voiceless – a passion her parents instilled Rianna Allen in her. That’s why, she said, she ran for senior class president at Northern Guilford. “I didn’t know I’d won until someone texted me,” Allen said. “It was really exciting.” Representing her senior classmates on Student Council gave her a means to advocate for them and help ensure their wants and needs were addressed, she said. “My role is not about me,” she

emphasized. “It’s about the entire senior class. It’s all our voices together, and that can make change.” That, she said, was especially important after the coronavirus pandemic struck, upending the school year and leaving classmates adrift. “I’ve tried to figure out how I could help them at home,” said Allen, who has relied on many social media platforms to stay in contact. “I’ve been reaching out to them and asking how they’re doing. I know it’s hard for some people.” As part of her efforts to represent her classmates well, Allen said she solicited classmates’ views on how they wanted graduation to play out, and then passed that feedback on to Guilford County Schools’ superintendent, Sharon Contreras. Her fellow seniors, she said, wanted an observance at the close of this school year, versus

waiting until later in the summer, or even beyond that. Her feedback, along with that of representatives from other schools, led to the county coming up with a plan for seniors to have drivethrough graduations at their respective schools (Northern held their drivethrough graduation over two days, on June 10 and 11). Allen has been active in student government since she was in eighth grade at Summerfield Charter Academy, where she was student body president. She was a Student Council representative through her junior year at Northern, before deciding near the end of last year to run for the office of senior class president. She’s headed to UNC-Charlotte this August, where she plans to study psychology on a pre-med track and continue, she hopes, with student government. There, she said she’ll

“get into activism, anything that will help people.” “At a very young age my parents encouraged me to stand up for what I believe in, and to love everybody,” Allen said. It should come as no surprise, then, that her career goal is a profession that will give her the chance to helps lots of people – surgical pediatric oncology. “I’ll make sure everybody gets the medical treatment that they need,” she said. Looking back, Allen said “there’s a lot I’m going to miss” about high school – friends and teachers especially. “I truly enjoyed it,” she said. Her favorite teacher? “I don’t have just one favorite teacher,” Allen said. “I have so many favorite teachers.”

A few words of advice to the Class of 2020 (Excerpted from “Make Your Bed,” by Admiral William H. McRaven)

Start your day with a task completed (i.e., make your bed) You can’t go it alone It’s the size of your heart (not your flippers) that matters Life’s not fair – drive on Failure can make you stronger You must dare greatly Stand up to the bullies Rise to the occasion Give people hope Never, ever quit

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Connor Vines

When Connor Vines arrived at Northern Guilford as a freshman, he knew one other person in his class of about 350.

Prior to beginning high school he had attended the small, private Canterbury School in Greensboro, where he had made all As and knew everyone in his class of about 40. “It was a very big change,” said Vines, Northern’s valedictorian. But, it was apparently a change that helped him come out of his shell. “I came to high school as an

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introvert and I’ve become a lot more extroverted,” Vines said. “I used to get really anxious talking to people, and I kept to myself.” His high school experience, he said, made him “a lot more outgoing,” and he expects that to pay big dividends as he heads off to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall, then on to his career. At Northern he made new friends, played on the lacrosse team three years and joined several clubs. In October he earned his Eagle Scout award and more recently he has been working several days a week as a delivery driver and dishwasher for a local restaurant. His goal as a freshman was to continue his middle school streak of all As. “I didn’t expect to be anywhere near the top,” Vines said. However, by

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his sophomore year he had done just that.

work every day to understand fully,” Vines said.

“That motivated me to continue,” he said. In his junior year he took all AP (advanced placement) classes, which are college-level classes for which students can earn college credits.

AP World History in his sophomore year proved to be another challenge. He got a 33 on his first quiz in that class.

He credits his parents, who met at UNC’s dental school, for instilling in him an academic work ethic, and said they insisted he do school work first, and then have fun. He learned to prioritize classes he felt would be a challenge – such as calculus, which he took in his junior year. “That was one I needed to do the

by MEREDITH BARKLEY After charting an academic course in high school and following it diligently, Davis Brandberg wasn’t too surprised when he learned he Davis Brandberg was Northern Guilford’s salutatorian. He said he took a lot of AP (advanced placement) classes in high school – and he’d learned that “hard work pays off. If you put in the time and effort to accomplish what you want, you can achieve that goal.”

“I put everything I had to do in a planner and made sure I would allow time to do assignments and not let it pile up,” Brandberg said. He finished his coursework at Northern with all As and is headed to Clemson in the fall to study engineering.

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At UNC, he expects to study computer science. He’s not sure where that will lead, but right now he’s drawn to the field of cybersecurity, he said. As for being class valedictorian, he called the honor “a cool thing, something I’ll look back on down the line and be proud of.”

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Asked whether he had any academic struggles in high school, he said not many – until final semester. The coronavirus, which upended the school year and forced instruction to go online, was a wrinkle no one saw coming. “It was harder to learn the material,” Brandberg said. “You had to hold yourself accountable to do all the work.” His favorite teacher: Dr. Caroline Stilwell (Hess), whom he had for AP Physics. “She had us do labs every single week so we could have hands-on experience to see how everything worked,” Brandberg said. “And she was really good at explaining the material in a way you could understand it.” He found role models in his parents, whom he said demonstrated the value of hard work. “They taught me (that) nothing is going to be handed to me,” he said. He played golf for the Nighthawks all four years, was part of the school’s


Science Olympiad team and was a member of several other school clubs and organizations. For Science Olympiad, his team was tasked with creating a device that would hold heat. The one they built out of foam insulation finished fourth in regional competition and ninth in the state. “It was an enjoyable experience,” he said. Brandberg chose Clemson for “the feeling of family and culture there. It seems like a fun place to be.” He said he also liked the university’s student support system. He’s not sure specifically what field of engineering he’ll go into, but hopes to figure that out through opportunities like internships and research. “I’ve always been a huge fan of math and science and I like problem solving,” Brandberg said. “I felt like engineering was a good way to explore those interests.”

Katy Price awarded Duke’s Trinity scholarship The building where she’ll attend her bioengineering classes is directly across from the Duke Hospital building – and room – where her father stayed before his death three years ago. by LESLIE DEATON, Northern Guilford High School counselor

Northern Guilford High School senior Catherine (“Katy”) Price exists because of Duke University. Literally. Before she was even a thought, two college students who would one day become her proud parents met for the first time when they carpooled to a Duke basketball game, later to be considered their “first date” of sorts. Years later, it was Duke Hospital where Katy’s future father received a

kidney-pancreas transplant, granting him 20 additional years of life. Five years after the transplant and through the miracle of fertility Catherine “Katy” procedures, the Price world was graced with the birth of Catherine Grace Price. It only makes sense that Katy would choose Duke University as her college home. Duke is her heart. After all, it is why she came to be. If only this story could be neatly wrapped up here and tied with a pristine bow. Tragically, it cannot. Years after the initial transplant, Katy’s father’s health hit a downward spiral. Through a series of complications, Duke repeatedly answered with

the latest in medical advancements. Always the fearless warrior, he battled on, through the fields of amputation and dialysis. On the sidelines of the battleground, his daughter was developing keenly observant eyes, not common to a child.

“All I could see were the barriers in his world,” Katy said. “A cobblestone street is a jarring experience on wheels. A darker home leads to hitting a doorway. An old restaurant means not going to the bathroom until you get home. “I witnessed my father struggle in his wheelchair through these scenarios. It

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Congratulations to these 30 students who graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.5+

Melanie Kiersten Bacon

Patricia Kristina Benitez Arriaga

Connor Jarrett Blevins

Davis John Brandberg

Rhiana Shaw Brownell

Garrett Mason Cline

Nicole Grace Dinallo

Preston Cole Forst

Emma Lynne Fredericks

Alex Wei-Cheng Griswold

Julie Lynn Gu

Emily Ralphaela Headden

Candace Morgan Hernando

Mason Brim Hershey

William Cameron Johnson

John Daniel Livaudais

Sydney Grace Lucas

Katharyne King Mascia

Raed Marwan Naim

Amanda Paige Prevatte

Catherine Grace Price

Hope Elizabeth Rackers

Lauren Elizabeth Ryall

Abigail Grace Schoppa

Jason Kenneth Smith

Taika Alexandra Sorjonen

Zoe Kalena Storm

Ryan Christopher Swartz

Joseph Peter Tewksbury

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has changed how I see the world, even influencing my career path. Throughout my contact with these accessibility issues, I constantly thought of better ways to do things. These thoughts reassured me that I was interested in biomedical engineering.

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(L-R) Katy Price, her mother, Mary, and younger sister, Lily, with Bill Price before his death three years ago.

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Ultimately, all wars come to an end. Katy’s father surrendered to transplanted organs that eventually failed him. Ironically, it was at Duke where an extension of life had been provided to him and at Duke where it would end. Barely 15 years of age and a high school sophomore, Katy recounts the early days and nights after her father’s earthly departure.

“I went through the year of pain numbly, with only pieces of feeling. I remember cheering for my Science Olympiad team, becoming sad when he was not there to see me awarded with medals. “I remember the relief when the year was over, as I had been struggling with AP United States History all year, without him to discuss it with me. I remember the basketball state

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“I found myself wanting to help those faced with similar issues, to help create a society where the stress of surviving does not get in the way of the joy of living.”

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championship, crying into my mother’s shoulder after we won, as he was not there. The little moments of triumph and strife made me think of him.” Fast-forward to a year ago, for indeed, the world keeps going, even in despair. While on a college tour of Duke University, Katy and her mother, just by happenstance, glanced up and saw the window of her father’s last hospital room. It directly overlooked the new biomedical engineering building. The academic institution that had been temporarily crossed off her college list because of the devastating memories it carried suddenly returned as a contender.

“I realized that although there may be pain within that campus, there were miracles as well,” Katy said. “If I go to Duke, I will always be watched over by my father.” Time for the happy in this story. In the fury of a global pandemic, just two weeks ago Katy Price secured the supremely prestigious Cassell/Saperstein Trinity Scholarship – a full-ride scholarship to the most gifted students residing in the Carolinas – to attend, you guessed it, Duke University. Be assured that in this sacred place, Catherine Grace will be an avid Blue Devil – and an innovative world changer – all under the watchful eye of her adoring father.

Northern’s Robinson ‘always wanted to go to school’ by CHRIS BURRITT GREENSBORO – Wrapping up 13 years of perfect attendance, Northern Guilford High School senior Kelisia Robinson said she always viewed going to school as she would view being an employee. “I viewed it as a job,” Kelisia said, explaining she believes that potential employers will appreciate her commitment to showing up and working hard as she carries it into college and the workplace. “It’s one of those responsibilities,” she said. The 18-year-old is headed to UNCGreensboro where she plans to earn a degree in consumer, apparel and retail studies; she wants to pursue a career in fashion design. While attending Northern Guilford full time, she took fashion classes at the Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts and Advanced Technologies in downtown Greensboro. Kelisia is the second oldest of six children, helping “hold the family together,” said her mother, Shay Drye, who is also raising a nephew. “She’s a great leader. I don’t think she realizes that.” Among her extracurricular activities, Kelisia formed a K-pop club with Northern Guilford classmates who enjoy the genre of popular music that originated in South Korea. This summer, she’s working as a counselor at YMCA Camp Weaver, where she attended camp as a youngster. “She has always been self-sufficient, independent and hardworking,” her mother said. “She knows what she wants and she’s determined to work at it every day. She’s always wanted to go to school.” She followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Yahirai, who also never missed a day of school. To make sure she didn’t fall off course, Kelisia decided

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Stylish even in fifth grade (above), Kelisia Robinson plans to study fashion design at UNC-Greensboro. Robinson viewed going to classes as “a job” that required showing up every day.

two years ago to skip her sister’s graduation ceremony at the Early/Middle College at Greensboro Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown. The ceremony was held during the school day. Kelisia tried to watch her sister’s graduation online, but the connection between Northern and GTCC didn’t work. As much as she wanted to see her sister graduate, Kelisia told her mom: “I’ve come too far to mess up my perfect attendance now.” Kelisia started school in Albemarle, North Carolina, and entered third grade at Falkner Elementary School after moving to Greensboro. She transferred to Northern Guilford Elementary for the second half of the year and then attended Northern Guilford middle and high schools for the rest of her education.

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At Northern Guilford, Kelisia served as a manager of the girls’ soccer and basketball teams. She also volunteered in the school’s library and tutored classmates, said her mother. “Kelisia is respected by her peers and, more importantly, by her teachers and staff,” Drye said. “I’m going to miss her when she leaves, even though she’s going down the street to UNCG.”

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STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT...continued from p. 8 English teacher and Student Council adviser Alex Wertz was also very helpful, Blake said. “He allowed us to lead but was also there when we needed his help. He trusted us as student leaders, and if we had an idea, he would always say, ‘How can we turn this idea into a reality?’ It’s very helpful to have those older and wiser minds surrounding us who know how to make change happen but in a hands-off way.” To further boost school spirit, Blake said he and other student representatives planned more fun activities to engage students during the winter months – which led to a Winter Spirit Week that included themed dress-up days and a “Fire and Ice” theme for the annual TWIRP dance at the end of the week. “After the winter it’s down to the grit with school work,” Blake said. And then, COVID-19 reared its ugly head. “I was walking into school with my friend Robbie Boulton on the last day before the stay-at-home order was issued and he said, ‘Blake, you might as well say “Good morning, Northwest” really proudly today (during the morning announcements to the student body) because it’s going to be your last.’ We just laughed and I shrugged … I wasn’t expecting it to end to the degree it did. We were thinking it would be a two-week break.” At first the news was welcome – the break would give him and some friends more time to play music together. “We play in a band and we were downstairs playing music when we saw the text about school closing. We thought, ‘We’re going to play together every single day over the next few weeks’ … we were very naive about what it was, and what it would get to.” After a few weeks the realization that “this is bigger than we thought” began to sink in.

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As weeks stretched into months, there were several initiatives among staff members and students to show support for each other, Blake said. In lieu of being able to celebrate in person, senior Alexandra Vlad set up a NWHS Instagram page and invited classmates who received college acceptance letters to send a photo and name of the college they will be attending. Teachers made a “We miss you video” for the student body and during Teacher Appreciation Week, “tons of students participated” in a video of the same sort for the teachers, Blake said. With all of the special end-of-year activities that didn’t happen, it’s the seniors’ lack of closure with each other and with teachers that Blake said most of them have missed the most. Still, efforts by staff members and volunteers to create a festive atmosphere for seniors as they drove through the school parking lot and picked up their caps and gowns last month were greatly appreciated. And over a two-day period on June 12 and 13 the seniors will have an opportunity to participate in a drive-through graduation at the school. It won’t be the same as coming together for a traditional ceremony, but “Mr. Kitley will be there and Ms. Hiller (interim principal) will be there,” Blake said. Their families will be in the vehicle with them and the seniors will be able to walk across a stage, get their diploma and have their photo made in their cap and gown. “I appreciate everyone who is being there for each other … if you tried to go through this all by yourself, it would be really hard,” Blake said. “I do feel our sense of school spirit is stronger than it has ever been.” In closing, he recalled the opening lyrics to a Passenger song, “Let it Go”: “Well you only need the light when it’s burning low Only miss the sun when it starts to snow…”

“That could not be any truer now,” he said. “I’ve talked to so many of my friends who have said, ‘I want to go back to school.’ Now that school isn’t an option, we do realize how well we had it.

We are truly blessed to have the opportunities we had in the fall and the winter and I’m extremely thankful for them.” Blake will head to N.C. State this August to study mechanical engineering.

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it felt more like a community within a community, which definitely helped.” At Page, Noah said he enjoyed attending football games on Friday nights, going to prom, and being involved in extracurricular activities like the Chess Club and National Honor Society. As for distance learning that many students recently experienced for the first time because of the pandemic, as a longtime home-schooled student Noah said he was more accustomed to selfteaching, so it wasn’t too difficult to finish his high school classes online. Classes in the IB program “are definitely challenging,” Noah confirmed, “and a lot of the IB teachers at Page are very strict about how they grade – especially my English teacher last year. We had essays due every other day; I might turn in a 5-page essay on a poem and think I got a 100 on it, but might have only gotten an 85. But, the one thing I improved on the most last year was my writing.” Noah acknowledges that home schooling is not for everybody, but he said one of the benefits for him was that “it helped me be more self-motivated.”

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He said most days after school he had extracurricular activities, but evenings were typically spent doing homework or studying for a test. “Definitely on the weekdays, studying and doing my homework was the No. 1 priority,” he said, noting he took Saturdays off as much as possible. A “math and science guy” – and especially physics – Noah made all As in high school and graduated at the top of his class with a 4.78 weighted GPA. He’ll attend the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University this fall to study aerospace engineering. In his spare time, Noah enjoys reading (his favorite genre is science fiction), playing golf, playing chess (he plays in tournaments), and competitive Rubik’s cubing (his personal best time for solving a Rubik’s cube is 17 seconds – sounded impressive to me, but he said it’s “mediocre” from a competitive standpoint). He has also enjoyed volunteering locally with the Out of the Garden Project, as well as participating in community service projects in Philadelphia, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Chincoteague, Virginia, with his youth group at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.

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A painting of the school’s Viking mascot will greet Northwest Guilford seniors, and friends, families and teachers will be waving signs along the route of the procession of cars. At Northern Guilford, seniors are invited to exit their cars to sign the section of the school’s Spirit Rock dedicated to the Class of 2020. “It will permanently be there,” McKenzie said. “Even if someone paints over it, it will always be there.” Art students plan to paint a mural in a hallway for seniors to sign during a homecoming next school year, the principal said. Students can also sign the jersey that McKenzie wore while riding her bicycle around the school grounds to honor seniors. She plans to frame the jersey and display it in the school.

Knee injuries and a busy schedule have discouraged McKenzie, a former triathlete, from exercising in recent years. She said she rode laps around the school grounds (one ¾-mile lap for each graduating senior) on a bike because her students “knew this would be a challenge for me to do every day in a true act of dedication and love to them.” The sudden disruption of the school year hit McKenzie personally in another way. Her daughter, Ashton, was a senior at Early College at Guilford. On the afternoon that Guilford County Schools shut down schools, Ashton had gone home before planning to return to school for lacrosse practice. Practice was canceled, and Ashton missed seeing her teammates.

“She struggled with that a little bit, had some regret,” McKenize said. “I told her those are the things in life that you can’t control. You will get to be with your friends again.” At New Garden Friends School, a virtual Baccalaureate ceremony last month replaced the typical gathering in the New Garden Friends Meeting House near Guilford College. “Although a Zoom ceremony was not on anyone’s graduation wish list, this exceptional group of students made it work,” said Kim Freedman, head of school. “We are still holding out hope to have an in-person graduation ceremony in July.” Not only did the closing of schools halt all activities, it also prevented

students from just hanging out. “It is hard to be quarantined and not be able to see your friends,” said Jennifer Bingaman, a volunteer for Northern Guilford’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and chair of special events for the group.

“This abrupt ending left students with no time to say goodbye to friends and teachers,” she said. “Some students really mourned the loss of prom, senior nights, spring sports seasons, awards, signing nights, walking the halls of their elementary schools, the senior picnic, yearbook signing and graduation.” The closing of schools also required

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staff and teachers to scramble to provide online learning for students.

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“It was trial by fire,” said Hiller, explaining that like others, Northwest Guilford teachers “had to give up their old ways” of teaching in classrooms. As it turned out, she said, remote instruction required teachers “to become more student-focused than ever before.”

The wreck left him with several brain injuries, a liver laceration, broken ribs, a left-eye injury, and neck and spine injuries. He has no memory of the wreck, his mother said.

to attend Guilford Technical Community College in August. He’s not sure what he wants to study.

“There are many things these kids lost during these past few months,” Hiller said. “But many of the teachers have gotten to know their kids better than they ever thought they would” by asking them to write about how they were doing while at home. “Face to face, kids won’t tell you what they need,” she said. “But when they can write it when they’re not in front of you, they will tell you.” As a result, the approach to end-of-year activities for all students, but especially seniors, changed dramatically.

“It was no longer about routines and normal graduation, but what we can do to make it special for our seniors,” Hiller said. “It helped us reevaluate what was important.” In years past, Northern Guilford’s PTSA has given seniors a picnic among other events. Instead, this spring they ordered yard signs for seniors and are giving them gift bags during the graduation ceremony, Bingaman said. Northwest Guilford’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) gave yard signs to students, as well as a photo of the class standing in the shape of a “20” (for Class of 2020) on the football field, according to Stephanie Brady, the group’s president. The PTSO paid for the gifts with funds it otherwise would have spent on a picnic and an assembly with a hypnotist performing for seniors, she said. “I feel very sad for the weird ending for these seniors,” Brady said. “It wasn’t ideal, but I think the kids are in good spirits. They are resilient. They all adapted and got their work done and are going to graduate.”

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The months that followed were a whirl of hospitals, surgeries and lots of therapy and rehabilitation. McClinton, then 16, was treated in the adult section of Baptist until late August 2018 when he was moved to the Brenner Children’s section of the hospital, then on to Charlotte’s Levine Children’s Hospital a week later. He finally emerged from his coma in October 2018 and was well enough to go home the next month. There, the long road to recovery, which began during his hospital stays, continued. “When he came home, he couldn’t do anything,” Dalton said. “It was like I had given birth to a 16-year-old baby.” He had to relearn everything, from going to the bathroom and brushing his teeth to dressing himself and eating. “It was kind of hard,” admitted Dalton, a single mom. She ended up losing her job running a laser for a medical device company. McClinton was high maintenance. There was home schooling, therapist visits, his constant needs and trips to doctors’ appointments. Dalton’s older daughter, Destiny McClinton, takes online classes through GTCC, and has been a big help. To make ends meet, Dalton had to tap into her 401(k) and savings. Austin now receives disability payments, which has helped. “I did what I had to do,” Dalton said of devoting full attention to her son. “It was either that or put him in a facility somewhere, and I absolutely didn’t want to do that.” She said her son’s long-term memory is “excellent” and that he has been able to plow through school work to catch up. “He’s on his grade level,” Dalton said. Doctors have told her his brain is rewiring itself so it can handle such tasks as walking. Once he can walk normally, she said, he plans to study welding at Rockingham Community College and pursue a career. A caravan of family vehicles and trucks from local fire departments paraded past Austin’s Anthony Road address May 31 to mark his 18th birthday. Among them: a member of the emergency crew who responded to the wreck nearly two years ago. “He was so happy to see Austin and hear how well he’s done,” Dalton said.

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After Tyler attended Guilford Elementary, his grandparents moved to Summerfield so he could attend Northwest Guilford schools. After spending a year at Oak Ridge Elementary, where Tyler “would have been a little fish in a big pond,” he switched to Summerfield Charter Academy, Kitty said. Tyler attended Piedmont Classical Charter High School in Browns Summit and then Cornerstone for his final three years of high school. He signed up for physical education classes and enjoyed sports medicine. His grades were “OK,” his grandmother said. “I am really proud of him for just being a `good kid’ and hardly any trouble,” Kitty said. “I’ll take the good kid any day.” Tyler never required prodding to attend classes except during high school exams. “At first we really didn’t push the attendance; it just happened,” Kitty said. However, she said, during high school she applied “a small bit of pushing” to encourage Tyler to “go on those days he didn’t have an exam.” “Senior Skip Day required a big push to make him go,” Kitty said. “I think he really didn’t mind. He knew it meant a lot to me.” Achieving perfect attendance allowed Tyler to achieve a milestone with little fanfare. “Tyler wanted to play sports and he was good enough to play, but did not have the self-confidence to do it,” Kitty said. “Attendance was something he could do with nobody watching.”

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