“Pomp and Circumstance” doesn’t change but the graduates who walk to it every year do as they mark the first real step into adulthood. More than a hundred young people took that walk at Northumberland High School Saturday morning as an auditorium full of parents, grandparents, relatives and friends watched as graduates came in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some were beaming, some looked pensive. Many had their caps and gowns festooned with stoles, cords, medals and special collars indicating the individual’s academic standing and/or membership in school societies and organizations.
After the Junior ROTC’s presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, Anajah Carter got the first burst of spontaneous applause when she hit the high notes of the National Anthem.
Student Council presidents Annie Newsome and Tahi Wiggins welcomed the crowd and Dr. Travis Burns, the high school’s principal, got the first laughs of the Band Director Walt Mallory and JROTC leader Maj. Clarence Dameron, who are retiring and also Gladys Richardson for her birthday. Later, Salutatorian Nathan Parker would earn chuckles with what Burns called his “very funny” speech.
In addition to Newsome, Class President Jerry Turner III and Valedictorian Zoie Sadler addressed the assemblage.
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Dressed up in their green robes, some of the Northumberland High School graduates stand proudly awaiting their diplomas.