Northwood faculty, students receive ‘Graduation Grammys’

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

Northwood High School students Nathan Stephenson and Cory Volk stepped up to the podium Saturday and put on thick sunglasses.

They began to dole out “Graduation Grammys” at Northwood’s morning ceremony in UNC Chapel Hill’s Carmichael Arena. Neither faculty members nor students were safe from winning the “soft-hearted heavyweight,” “best tan” or “tightest pants” distinction.

“We know that as we grow as future adults, we will always remember where we came from,” Volk said.

Grace Shackelford delivered the senior class meditation, and she said her friends aren’t just Northwood classmates. In the future, they can turn into spouses, bridesmaids, groomsmen and best friends.

“As life becomes more hectic, as some go to college and others go to jobs, we need to remember how far we’ve come,” Shackelford said.

The Northwood High a cappella group, “Pitch Please,” sang a rendition of Home, recently made popular by folk rock artist Phillip Phillips.

“If you get lost, you can always be found. / Just know you’re not alone, / Cause I’m going to make this place your home.”

Before the ceremony started, Alexia Cotten waited to walk into the belly of Carmichael Arena. She did a little dance where she stood in the line of graduates. She isn’t traveling far from home after high school – She is going to intern with Duke University Hospital this summer, “to really find out if nursing or being in a hospital is what I really want to do.”

Nathan Harr is going to take college classes in Pittsboro and focus on perfecting his saxophone performance skills and writing the next futuristic novel bestseller. But after his graduation ceremony, he’s hopping on a plane to Chicago.

“It’ll be me and my grandparents chillin’ for a week and a half,” Harr said.