Carrboro’s close-knit senior class says goodbye

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

Kristen Lee stood in front of her class of 170 Carrboro High seniors Saturday afternoon and said no student she knows belongs to a stereotype.

The relatively new school that first opened its doors in 2007 is a place where football players can be actors, where valedictorians can be athletes, Lee said to the crowd at UNC Chapel Hill’s Smith Center.

Listening to the rain hit the library roof, running laps in the gym as freshmen and “feeling on top of the world” under football stadium lights are all snippets in time that defined her four years at Carrboro.

“As the world takes us by storm, we must continue living the Carrboro lifestyle because Carrboro’s mentality holds the world we wish to see,” she said.

Valedictorian Dong Lee, who discovered his love of computer programming while in high school, said to his senior class, “Just like a program finding a bug, you’ll find obstacles in your path. … It is on you to make the path of your life fulfilling.”

The Carrboro High School chamber choir sang, and two students shared a graduation poem they wrote titled, “Rising Colors.”

“Sometimes there are no maps to lead the way, instead we have to create our own,” recited seniors Nia Johnson and Candice White.

Darwin Garcia, who was the principal’s choice speaker for the Class of 2013, said before Carrboro High, he grew up in a neighborhood where children his age tried to pressure him to join gangs and do drugs. He was immersed in a world of violence, from friends going to jail to men being beaten with batons, and his parents wanted him to have a better life.

He moved to Carrboro High his freshman year, and Garcia said he’s appreciated the teachers who have given him guidance and the classmates he’s come to know.

“I’m grateful for every second Carrboro High School has given me.”