More than 150 proud Pine Lake Prep graduates marched their way down the aisle to the sound of bagpipes and “Pomp and Circumstance” as friends and family cheered them on Saturday morning.
The graduation ceremony was held at The Cove Church. The ceremony began with the National Anthem, followed by Pine Lake Preparatory’s Executive Director Andrew Moceri welcoming students, family, friends and staff members.
“I would like to welcome you to the 2019 Pine Lake Preparatory graduation ceremony,” Moceri said. “We recognize and congratulate what is our 11th graduating class and our largest graduating class.”
MOST OFF TO COLLEGE
A majority of the graduates will be attending college. While most students will be attending college in North Carolina at schools such as UNC- Charlotte, Appalachian State University, NC State and UNC- Chapel Hill, some students will be traveling further. One student will be traveling as far away as the West Coast to attend UC Berkeley.
A couple of students will also be joining the military, with one student committed to the United States Military Academy-West Point.
The class of 2019 has several accomplishments, scholarship awards and above average test scores.
This group of seniors has been one of our most accomplished,” Moceri said. “Together, they have amassed over 8 million dollars in scholarship offers. They have received 500 college acceptances from 28 different states. The average ACT score of this graduating class was five points higher than that of the North Carolina state average, and the average SAT score falls in the 76 th percentile nationwide.”
HOPE, OPTIMISM, CHANGE
Jessica and Mackensie Mastor shared reflection poems that were centered on the students time at Pine Lake, while also acknowledging that a new chapter lies ahead. Jessica Mastor presented the reflection poem in Spanish.
Class representatives Spencer Woolley, Ryan Giles, Janey Krehnbrink and Ashley Pearson offered a message of hope, optimism and change.
“It might be scary to do something outside of your comfort zone, but a plant doesn’t grow by staying in the shadows, and you won’t grow without trying something new,” Woolley said.
CLASS OF 2019
The diplomas were presented by Lori Reuter, assistant principal of the Upper School. After the diplomas were awarded, Dr. Timothy Hoffman, principal of the Upper School, presented the Class of 2019 and wished the graduates and family members well.