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CHS Graduates Legacy Class

The Class of 2011, known as the Legacy Class of Cuthbertson High School, joyfully toss their caps in the air at the pronouncement of their graduation.

Cuthbertson High School was proud to hold its first Commencement Exercises June 11, 2011. The Class of 2011, also known as the Legacy Class, consisted of 169 seniors dressed in navy robes marching at the ceremony held at The Pointe Arts and Recreation Center in Fort Mill, SC.

The students marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Cuthbertson High School Band. Colors were presented by the CHS Civil Air Patrol. Sarah Wilson, Student Body Vice President, introduced the Pledge of Allegiance, and then addressed her fellow classmates. “If there is one thing that we have learned while being a Cavalier, it is that CHS is a family. We leave behind us a legacy of “firsts” our first graduating class; our first officers, presidents, and leaders; our first senior privileges; and our first state champions; but above all of these is our best “first.” Today we graduate not only our first senior class of 2011, but we graduate our first family.”

Billy Moll, senior class president, welcomed the senior class, reflecting on his experiences being a Cavalier and the memories the class made together. “I have become a true member of the Cavalier family, and I can proudly say that I bleed blue and gold,” he said.

Student Body President Trent Johnson introduced the Commencement speaker, Mr. Ben Parry. Parry is a retired soccer player and coach who has played for the Charleston Battery, Raleigh Capital Express, and the Charlotte Eagles. “From the day I first met Ben, he did not push for me to become the greatest soccer player, rather he wanted me and everyone else who had the opportunity to have him as a coach, to be the best at what we love, no matter what that might be,” Johnson said.

Dr. Ed Davis, UCPS Superintendent, spoke at the ceremony congratulating the Class of 2011 for their many successes citing examples in academics, athletics, and the fine arts. Other special guests included the principals of the CHS feeder schools; Mrs. Laurel Healy of Cuthbertson Middle, Mrs. Priscilla Davis of New Town Elementary, and Dr. Rachel Clarke of Kensington Elementary; the past two UCPS Teachers of the Year which are both CHS teachers, Mr. Andrew Rosene and Mrs. Maya Schultz; UCPS Board of Education member Mrs. Marce Savage; and the three Assistant Principals of CHS, Mr. Randy Boob, Ms. Kim Warr, and Mrs. Beverly Pennington.

Principal Rob Jackson compared the CHS Class of 2011 to the phrase “e pluribus unum” which is found on the Great Seal of the United States as well as much of our currency and means, “out of many, one.” He stated that our seniors came from Parkwood, Marvin Ridge, and Weddington, as well as charter schools, home schools, and private schools. He also noted that three members of the graduating class were exchange students from Germany and Italy. “You are Cavaliers and I am proud to say of your class, “e pluribus unum” - out of many, one.”

“You have met my challenge. You have led our school. You are our Legacy Class and generations of students will strive to meet the standards you have set,” Jackson continued. “Come back, share with us your successes, and continue to motivate the students who follow you. Remember, we are a family, and family is always there for each other.”

Written by: Ms. Paula White; Photo by CHS junior Caroline Hensley
Posted: Jun 20, 2011 by Paula White

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