by Isabel Rodgers
CHARLOTTE – Providence High School’s Class of 2018 received 325 college scholarship offers, totaling more than $17.3 million. The amount is $3 million more than last year’s graduating class and the most among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Principal Tracey Harrill told the 507 graduates June 11 at Bojangles’ Coliseum that the true measure of a school isn’t test scores.
“It’s how well equipped our students are with skills to be responsible, think and create, show good character, speak right – and yes, calculate,” she said. “Probably most of all, persevere in times of a challenge that sets them apart in college and in the world of work.”
Valedictorian Joseph Jegier recounted academic challenges as well as unforgettable high school memories.
Jegier said he would miss Providence football games, theater productions and spirit weeks.
Jegier identified talents, skills and qualities developed at Providence as personal defining factors, as opposed to GPA scores.
“Providence has shaped who you’ve become, it has prepared you to create, to lead, to change the world in front of you,” Yager told classmates.
Graduation speaker Claire Su encouraged students to consider the acronym, Tpose.
“Thank those who helped you get this far,” Su said. “Pursue your goals vigorously. Open your mind to new ideas. Sleep every now and then. Erich your life and the lives of those around you. So, go out Class of 2018 and change the world while you Tpose.”