Graduates from Trinity High School’s Class of 2019 have their superheroes.
At Friday’s graduation ceremony the student speakers talked about the support of their peers, families and school staff. Based on some of the garments and comments, the Avengers movies inspired this class.
Eighty-five seniors graduated from Trinity High School. There were two graduates from Alps View and five from Trinity Adult Education.
Valedictorian Lauren Harper, also a star athlete, talked about learning the value of hard work. When all the work on academics or sports pays off “there is no greater feeling,” she said.
“As long as we are all putting in our work, there will be success waiting for us at the finish line,” Harper added.
Toilet paper was a common topic of conversation among the class after it came up in statistics class. Harper said it reminds her of the quote, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes.”
“It felt like just yesterday we were all getting made fun of for being the tiny freshmen,” she said.
“I can’t wait to see where we will be in 10 to 20 years,” Harper said, “and I know the world isn’t ready for the wrath of the class of 2019.”
Salutatorian Jack Van Dine got groans when he started his speech with the joke,
“What did one ocean say to the other? Nothing … they just waved.”
But he plunged ahead with a wave analogy describing how the incoming high school class first went with the flow and then gained momentum until junior year, “you could see the foam forming on some white caps.”
Van Dine, a top student and wrestling champion, shared the successes of the girls’ and boys’ sports teams and the forestry team. He acknowledged, football did not go so well.
As this wave reaches the shore it will flood into the world, he said. “Ride the wave, accept life for its ups and downs and know that you can always change it.”
Exchange student Yi-Chen Pan from Taiwan told how his father had passed away three months before he came here, and he hadn’t expected it to be a good year. In fact, he questioned his decision to leave home at such a rough time.
But he had so many good experiences — sports, school events, being named Homecoming King.
“Weaverville is small, but the bonding between one person to the other one, family to family, generation to generation is so beautiful,” he said, thanking his host families.
He introduced Hunter Cloud, his “host brother,” with a big hug.
Quoting the character Nick Fury, Cloud said, “There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.”
That describes high school well, he said.
He and his classmates had a lot of accomplishments, “but the thing that still gets me excited every single day is the creation of the Trinity High School Barbecue Club.”
At first it was seen as insignificant, he said. The club gained recognition and some assistance when Cloud mentioned it after giving a speech on privacy rights to the Weaverville Lions Club.
“We had a purpose,” he said. “A purpose to serve this community because we wanted to give back to all of the people who gave us our start.”
“None of us know quite where our path will take us, but we know that our path has meaning,” Cloud said. “All we have to do is find it.”
An enthusiastic Thomas Dingman using his voice output device to say how he loved physical education, woodshop and working in the cafeteria. Congratulating the class, he said “we will always be a wolfpack.”
This class experienced the upheaval of changes in administration. District Supt. Jaime Green thanked teacher Mike Flint for stepping up to the plate to be interim principal for 14 months. The next principal, Sandy Coatney, was introduced.
The class of 2019 is headed to universities, colleges, trade schools and military service.