Pisgah grads look to the future

By DeeAnna Haney | May 26, 2013
Photo by: DeeAnna Haney Brianna Trantham helps Tyler Kilby adjust his graduation cap.

On Friday night, before students took the stage to officially bid farewell to Pisgah High School, feelings of anticipation and even a little sadness filled the air as the excited seniors posed for pictures and laughed together before the ceremony.

When asked what they would miss the most about high school, nearly every graduate’s answer was the same.

“I’m going to miss seeing everyone every day and all our friends,” said Trey Goodlett, who is planning to go on to Catawba Valley Community College to play baseball.

Zachary Jones, who plans to study pre-pharmacy at Western Carolina University, joked that he would miss the cafeteria food. But added, “I’ll miss the friends I made through the yearbook staff and Mrs. McCall.”

His friend, Christina Franklin said while she will miss the friends she made during AP classes, she is excited about what college will mean for her. She plans on attending Lander University in South Carolina to study business.

“I look forward to seeing and meeting new people. It’s a completely fresh start because I don’t know anybody who will be there,” she said.

Before taking the stage for their commencement speeches, co-valedictorians Taylor Galyean and Christina Harvey admitted to being only a little nervous.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said Galyean, who plans to study pre-pharmacy at Appalachian State University.

Being a part of Future Farmers of America (FFA) during her time at Pisgah has inspired Harvey to pursue agriculture business management at NC State University. She hopes to one day manage a horticulture or livestock department at a co-op.

Principal Greg Bailey took a moment to offer the room full of seniors encouragement before taking the stage.

“I truly see this as a calling working with teenagers and I hope each of you will do something that will make a positive impact on the world and leave a lasting legacy,” he said.

The lyrics shared by senior choristers at the beginning of the ceremony seemed to sum up the theme of the night.

“A chapter is ending, but the story’s only just begun. A page is turning for everyone,” they sang.

The valedictorians, whose GPAs came in at at dead tie, looked back on the past and looked forward to the future.

During her speech, Galyean thanked her two sisters, Brooklyn and Mackenzie, and her parents, for being a source of inspiration for her.

“You’re my hero. The world would be a better place if more people were like you,” she said of her mom, Ginger Galyean.

And to her peers, she said she hoped that no matter where they all went, they remembered their lessons learned in high school from their classes to their sports.

“Even though we have taken different classes or plan to pursue different career paths and go off to different colleges, we will always have a special bond. We will always be the class of 2013 at Pisgah High School,” she said.

Harvey also thanked her parents for pushing her to be successful in school. To her fellow classmates, she offered words of encouragement.

“My hope is that whatever you pursue in life brings happiness and joy. We have made it to the end and as we go along in life we should make every effort to remember that there is a time for everything, and right now class of 2013, is our time to graduate,” Harvey said.

Bailey left the grads with three points to remember as they grow and learn beyond high school: don’t over-exaggerate yesterday, don’t over-estimate tomorrow and never under-estimate today.

“I urge of you to give of yourselves to others and the causes that lead this world and those of us in it. We will be better off because of your influence. Good luck and thanks for the memories,” he said.

Before handing out diplomas, Bailey asked the audience to refrain from “excessive jubilation.” Family and friends did just that, keeping their clapping and cheering tame as each graduate graced the stage. But in what seems to be graduation tradition despite a well known ban, at least six people loudly blew airhorns in celebration of the milestone the teens had achieved.