CHARLOTTE – Claudia Barnett accomplished a lot in her four years at South Mecklenburg High School.
Barnett not only served as captain of the school swim team, but she also earned the rank of salutatorian with a 5.33 grade point average. Barnett admitted to her more than 600 classmates June 11 at Bojangles’ Coliseum that graduation didn’t seem real.
“I think it’s safe to say that many of us still feel we are 12 years old and have no idea how we’re going to manage without our parents next year,” Barnett said. She’s headed to Washington and Lee University.
Valedictorian Urvi Patel, who graduated with a 5.34 GPA, is staying closer to home at UNC Charlotte.
“We have faced many challenges over the last four years, including excessive procrastination, extreme stress and anxiety, eruption of senioritis cases and collectively even more emotional, but rewarding moments,” Patel said jokingly.
She assured classmates by saying the moments they’ve shared will stay with them and enrich their lives.
Principal Maureen Furr provided students advice on achieving success and happiness, while encouraging them to be kind to others.
Senior Class President Riley Foster reinforced the theme of kindness.
“Growing up we learned that a little kindness can go a long way,” Foster said.