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East Wake High graduates 245

Posted on June 19, 2022

Updated on June 26, 2022

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East Wake High School seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

East Wake High School seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

East Wake seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

East Wake seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

East Wake High School seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

East Wake High School seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

East Wake seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

East Wake seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

East Wake seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.
East Wake High School seniors walk to their seats for the graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

jsmith@wakeweekly.com | 919-424-1778

RALEIGH — The last of more than 11,000 Wake County graduates crossed the stage Thursday.
East Wake High School's graduation took place at the Raleigh Convention Center where 245 seniors were honored. This class added to the overall success of Wake County graduates, who have been awarded more than $135 million through academic and athletic scholarships, according to Wake County Public Schools.
At East Wake, 35 students were recognized as North Carolina Academic Scholars and 10 picked up summa cum laude honors, maintaining a GPA above 4.25, including Carmen Aguirre-Carachure, Bonkoto Bangonde, Mariam Hernadez-Vargas, Sarah Uchechii, Ojebe Okorie Ifegwu, Gabrielle Major, Jennifer Sanchez-Constanza, Jordan Sanders, Thalia Tayborn and Jordan Watkins. 
“You have fought and set your goals high (but) be careful how you measure your success,” East Wake principal Stacey Alston told the graduates in his speech Thursday. “Try to be the best for the world…by developing your talents.”
East Wake, like all other schools, dealt with the perils of the pandemic. Alana Hughley, one of the two seniors delivering a speech, said her and her peers dealt with anxiety, depression and angst, but still made it through.
“The class of 2022 prevailed — (we’re) the best example of working your tail off,” Hughley said.
 East Wake Senior Class President Reagan Frazier was the other senior to deliver a speech. The focus of which was the abrupt halt to their sophomore year, along with the adjustments as juniors. Ultimately, Frazier said her senior experience was a great one.
“This year has been one of the best, (having) things like Homecoming, Spirit Week and Senior Prom,” Frazier said.
East Wake capped off the Wake County Public School graduation schedule. Of the 27 high schools in the county, 21 finished the year at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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