BY BRANDY TEMPLETON
More than 200 seniors from throughout Iredell-Statesville Schools were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Tuesday during a ceremony at Statesville High School’s Mac Gray Auditorium.
Iredell County Commissioner Melissa Neader and local businesswoman Tracy Alston encouraged the students during the 27th annual event.
“You’re probably being asked, ‘What’s next?’ or ‘What are you going to do after graduation?’ ” Neader said.
Alston, a mental fitness coach, said big questions like those can create stress and anxiety for new graduates.
“Recognize that fear can be the fuel that drives you,” she said. “You have to fail sometimes. If you’re scared, you’re on the right path.”
The students were also told that they each have a purpose and to not allow negative thoughts to keep them from their purpose.
“Tell that voice to be quiet, tell that voice not today,” Alston shared. “You don’t have to have all the answers or have it all figured out. It’s okay to say, ‘I don’t know.’”
Both women told the seniors to stay in touch with community resources and encouraged them to celebrate their achievements.
During the induction ceremony, career and technical teachers from each of the district’s high schools placed graduation cords on their seniors’.
CTE Director Tim Woody presented Statesville High School student Parker Rufty with a $1,000 scholarship from Denso. Rufty was chosen for academic excellence in CTE automotive technology.
Agriculture & Science Early College
Career Academy & Technical School
Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership
Lake Norman High School
North Iredell High School
South Iredell High School
Frances Morales Velazquez
Emily Santibanez Espinoza
Lizzy Santibanez Solis
Hannah Van Buren
Statesville High School
Torrey Miller Jr.
Stephanie Pena Zurita
West Iredell High School