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6/8/2021 8:36:00 AM
Graduation 2021
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Lincoln Charter School held its graduation ceremony at Charlotte Motor Speedway again.

Wayne Howard
Reporter


Unlike 2020, when the growing pandemic forced the cancellation of many annual events including traditional high school graduations, 2021 was much closer to 'normal.'  Traditional graduation ceremonies were held at Lincolnton, North Lincoln, West Lincoln and East Lincoln high schools.  Lincoln Charter School, which had held its graduation at Charlotte Motor Speedway last year as a way to celebrate while maintaining social distancing, enjoyed last year's event so much, they decided to return to the Speedway this year.

North Lincoln, West Lincoln, & East Lincoln graduated 200 or more students this year:

ELHS:  
*Number graduating: 200
*Amount of scholarship money: $6 million
*Post-secondary plans: 4-yr college:  47%   Comm. College: 40% Military: 7% Work: 6%
 
LHS:
*Number graduating - 168
*Scholarships - $1,650,678
*Post-secondary plans: 4-year 29%, 2-year 29%, work/other 40%, military 2%
 
NLHS:
*Number graduating - 239
*Scholarships - $8,711,780
*Post-secondary plans:  4-yr 136 (57%), 2-yr 72 (30%), military 3 (1%), workforce: 28 (12%)
 
WLHS:
*Graduating Class:  215 
*Scholarship Amount: $6,799,301.00
*Post-secondary plans: 55 (26%) - 4 year college, 119 (55%) - 2 year college/trade school, 4 (2%) - Military, and 37 (17%) - Workforce

Who graduated?  CLICK HERE for a listing of all the graduates from the Lincoln County Schools. 

Lincoln Charter's graduation was held a week later than the other schools.  The Speedway had a big race Memorial Day weekend--but Administrator Jonathan Bryant said it was worth the wait, calling it "the best high school graduation in North Carolina!"

To see Lincoln Charter's list of graduates and awards, etc. CLICK HERE.

Things weren't quite 'all the way' back to normal in 2021.  In years prior to the pandemic year 2020, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has held an Academic Achievement Awards banquet.  That event usually recognizes a top 10 students at the various high schools.  

This year, Lincoln County Schools released a Top Ten list:

ELHS Top 10:

1             Nathan Carter Thompson
2             Matira Ann Schwab
3             Peyton Caroline Crates (tie)
3             Christian Joseph Hart (tie)
5             Kayla Marie Coppin
6             Jake Santino Zimmerman
7             Brayden Michael Davis (tie)
7             Sara E Wilkins (tie)
9             Collin James Maxwell
10           Matthew Tyrone McCowan

LHS Top 10:

1             Leah Avery Tweed
2             Ashlyn Elizabeth Lingerfelt
3             Jenna Brooke Schronce
4             Naomi Concepcion
5             Allison Rose Ruby
6             Emma Grace Evans
7             Naomi Soto-Villalobos
8             Daniela Natalie Astorga
9             Olivia Anne Gaines
10           Klaraith Delfina Lopez 

NLHS Top 10:

1             Paulina Pena Boardman (tie)
1             Carter Cameron Sliwoski (tie)
3             Jacob Christian Scott
4             John Vincent Lamont
5             Angela Michelle Allen
6             Aubrey Lauryn Spicola
7             Dylan Marie Ambrose
8             Georgia Rae Dellinger (tie)
8             Karis Olivia Menudier (tie)
10           Joseph Roman Ulibarri 

WLHS Top 10:

1             Gwyneth Arden Reep
2             Alexzia Faith Hallman (tie)
2             Luke Bradford Stewart (tie)
4             Emily Alise Dellinger
5             Yohana Nava-Trejo
6             Addison Grace Stamey
7             Samuel David Duncan (tie)
7             Callie Elyse Helms (tie)
9             Emma Grace Bumgarner
10           Leah Joan Matney

In addition to recognizing the Top Ten and announcing other scholarship awards at the banquet, over the past 10 years, the Chamber has awarded annually the James 'Bo' Moore scholarships to one top ten student from each of the Lincoln County Schools four high schools. This year’s winners are Peyton Crates from East Lincoln,  Karis Menudier from North Lincoln, Jenna Schronce from Lincolnton, and Alexzia Hallman from West Lincoln.  In making the announcement of the winners, Chamber President Jim Studdard, added, "The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Abernethy Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, American steamer Carpet Cleaner, Inc., and United Bank, Chamber Distinctive Members, for their contribution to this year’s $1,000 scholarships."



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