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2020 Mid-Year Graduates 'Strive for Realness'
2020 Mid-Year Graduates 'Strive for Realness'
Posted on 01/25/2020
A collage showing scenes from Saturday's BCS Mid-Year Graduation.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

As Enka High School Principal Tonya Robinson took the stage to deliver the keynote address at Saturday’s BCS Mid-Year Graduation, she set a stuffed rabbit on the podium.

The former English teacher and now BCS Principal of the Year read “The Velveteen Rabbit” to the 154 graduating seniors and their families who packed the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

“Many of you haven’t heard this story since kindergarten,” she said, “but I want you to take its lessons to heart.”

As the story goes, the rabbit wanted to become real by being loved, and through patience, kindness, and an indomitable spirit, he got his wish. He became real by staying true to himself.

“Ignore the haters,” Ms. Robinson said. “Listen to people who matter, and ignore those who tell you you can’t. Surround yourself with passionate people, and learn to love unconditionally. Strive for realness.”

Students from A.C. Reynolds High, Buncombe County Early College, Buncombe County Middle College, Charles D. Owen High, Clyde A. Erwin High, Community High, Enka High, North Buncombe High, and T.C. Roberson High walked across the stage to receive diplomas from their principals and shake hands with BCS Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger. The Erwin High Army JROTC presented colors, and the Select Chamber Singers from Owen High sang the National Anthem and a special song during the ceremony. A.C. Reynolds High choral music instructor Phillip Haynie performed the processional and recessional pieces.

Afterwards, families gathered to bask in the glory of graduation, snapping pictures, singing, hugging, and shedding tears of joy in the crisp air. Congratulations to all the graduating seniors and their families. You’re ready for your tomorrow!

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