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The Blackhawk Has Landed
The Blackhawk Has Landed
Posted on 06/13/2018
North Buncombe High cheered the return of their iconic hawk to its perch after needed repairs were made.Photos/Article By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Dept.

On the last day of school, June 13, North Buncombe High School (NBHS) students cheered the return of their iconic hawk to its perch above the school’s entry way after repairs were completed by a local auto restoration shop. Principal Sircey made sure that graduating seniors were first to see it after its installation on Wednesday, June 13. As the school day concluded, Sircey invited the students to gather around their mascot just before their final dismissal.

The massive hawk was originally dedicated to NBHS by the Class of 1974. When repairs were required, Weaverville’s Buckner Auto Restoration stepped in to perform the work led by owner and graduate George Buckner. The BCS Maintenance Department worked with Buckner and the school to maneuver and install the hawk.

Students gather to see their blackhawk in its rightful place.“As a graduate of NBHS and the proud father of two daughters who have been part of the award-winning North Buncombe Marching Black Hawk Band, I consider it a great honor to have been entrusted by Principal Dr. Samantha Sircey with the restoration of our mascot,” said Buckner.

Buckner explained that many of the skills he uses in his professional work were first learned through North Buncombe’s welding classes with Mr. Edmonds and Mr. Smathers. The final details were painted by Alan Masters, with assistance from Buckner’s daughter, CarlyMae.

“It feels really great to have had the opportunity to give back and use the knowledge and skills I first learned here so many years ago to bring the Black Hawk back to life and returned to it's rightful place,” he added. “I hope my daughter in the years to come will look back and remember that by helping paint the Black Hawk that she was part of something so very special.”
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