Pisgah grads reminisce, look to the future

By Kristian Buckner | Jun 15, 2014
Photo by: Kristian Buckner Pisgah graduates take a group 'selfie' at the graduation ceremony.

Excitement and nerves flooded through the graduating seniors of Pisgah High School Thursday night as they prepared themselves for the moment their whole school career was leading up to — walking across the stage of Western Carolina University's Ramsey Auditorium to receive their diplomas.

“I’m nervous about tripping,” said Mariah Hargrove. “The person behind me told me he would trip me."

She wasn’t the only one with nerves. Many of the other students were concerned about making it across the stage without falling, but for many the idea of a summer of fun and the celebrations that would follow the ceremony were the predominant thing on their minds.

“I’m going to the lake afterwards,” said Hargrove. “I’m regretting eating that pizza,” said the excited senior Natalie Trantham jokingly before she thanked her school for all it’s done for her.

“Thank you Pisgah High School, it’s been real,” she said.

Trantham is mostly looking forward to the fall when she will be heading to North Carolina State University in the fall to study animal science.

The crowd of seniors buzzed with excitement while the teachers prepared their students and talked about how proud they were of the class of 2014. Once everything was in place, the valedictorian Nathan Higdon gave an inspiring speech to his classmates, who all laughed and reminisced as he pointed out moments and memories that they all shared together.

He ended the speech with a movie reference to "High School Musical."

“Go Wildcats,”he said, evoking a chorus of responses, “Get your head in the game.”

Salutatorian Alexa Cook’s speech also brought inspiration and tears to the eyes of her classmates. All the anticipations and worry of their homeroom teacher saying their name wrong, their graduation cap falling off, or tripping across stage dissipated as the graduating seniors switched their tassels from the right to the left.

Afterward jubilant hugs, kisses, and many congratulations were given.

“I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders,” said Grace Antoniceoli, who will be heading to Western Carolina University in the fall.

“In a way, I’m kind of glad and in a way I’m also kind of sad too,” said Blake Henson, summing up the feeling for many of his classmates as they said their goodbyes to friends and looked ahead toward the future.

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