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Ocracoke School’s graduation at 5 p.m. today (Sunday, June 10) in the Ocracoke School gym will honor six students. Former school principal Walt Padgett will be the commencement speaker.
Valedictorian Mac Kalna, Salutatorian Liam Caswell, Darvin Contreras, Grant Jackson, Lupita Martinez and Iris Trejo will don caps and gowns and receive their diplomas. During the graduation, scholarships will be announced.
Here are some of the highlights of this school year.
The Ocracoke School has 10 sports teams–in basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross-country and track and field.
At the Athletic Awards banquet in May, many team and individual achievements were noted. The highlight of the year was the boys’ varsity basketball team that finished with a 21-4 record, won their division championship and won the school’s first state tournament game.
Coach David Allewalt said he is equally proud that the team also received the Army National Guard NCHSAA Scholar Athlete Award with a 3.55 GPA. This is the eighth consecutive year that the team has received this prestigious award.
Following the steps of his brother Evin, Liam Caswell, a future school Wall of Famer, had many outstanding basketball achievements playing for the school’s Dolphins and averaged 23 points per game.
He received a scholarship to Bridgewater College in Virginia where he will continue his basketball career with the Eagles.
Academic achievements for the school this year include sophomores Karen Jordan and Mila Ortiz, who were accepted into the North Carolina School of Science and Math Online Program.
Seventh grader Katie Kinnion received the Victor E. Bell Scholarship toward her college education. This scholarship is awarded through the College Foundation of North Carolina to seventh grade students and renewable through four years of college as long as annual eligibility requirements are met.
Karen Jordan also was also accepted into the North Carolina School of Science and Math Summer Ventures Program and several students will attend the NC 4-H summer camp.