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'Unforgettable': Maiden High School graduates 202 seniors; see the photos and watch the videos

'Unforgettable': Maiden High School graduates 202 seniors; see the photos and watch the videos

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Maiden High School celebrated the Class of 2021 on Saturday morning with a commencement ceremony at the Thomas E. Brown football stadium.

“The world looks a little different as you leave Maiden High School versus the first day you began this journey in 2017 as a freshman,” said Principal Brian Hefner. “COVID-19 has forced us all to react to what life presented to us. You learned how to complete school work in all sorts of new ways and places. You went from textbooks to Chromebooks.”

Hefner applauded the resilience of the Class of 2021. “Despite these challenges, you reacted in such a way that made it possible for you to be here today — graduating as a Blue Devil,” he said.

A total of 202 students graduated as part of Maiden High School’s Class of 2021. Of these, 70 plan to attend a four-year college, 88 want to attend a two-year college, 28 will enter the workforce, six will join the military, and 10 have yet to decide. The class also earned a total of $2,775,500 in scholarship dollars.

The commencement ceremony had four student speakers: Noelle Poovey, Andre Quijas Arteaga, Jazlyn Smith and Sarah Andrews.

“Our class is one of the most diverse and accepting groups that have come through Maiden,” Poovey said. “We’ve become friends across cultural, social and political divides, appreciating and learning from each other’s differences. Overall, the characteristics of our class make us unforgettable.”

Emily Willis is a general assignment and education reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. 



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