East Forsyth Senior High School Class of 1979
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From the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, June 7, 1979, Page 16
Use Past, 719 Told At East
The 719 graduating seniors at East Forsyth Senior High School were told last night that they can use the past to improve the future, which each person is responsible for creating.
"The farther back we can look into the past, the farther ahead we can see into the future," said Dr. James A. Adams, superintendent of the city-county school system and East Forsyth's graduation speaker.
He urged graduating seniors to remember that they are capable of doing anything they are willing to go out and try.
The graduating class at East Forsyth is the second largest in the state. R. J. Reynolds Senior High School, with 721 graduates, has the largest class in the state.
Following Adams' address, Clara B. Gaines presented the Montague Award for the highest scholastic average to David R. Teague. As part of the award, Teague, a National Honor Society member, received a $50 award and a gold medallion worth $150.
James K. Wilhelm, East Forsyth's principal, awarded diplomas to the graduating class.
The class of 1979 at East Forsyth chose as its motto, "The past is behind us, the present faces us, the future awaits us."
From the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, June 7, 1979, Page 17
73,840 Pass High School This Year
RALEIGH (UPI) -- This year's graduating class of 73,840 students from 356 high schools in North Carolina probably will exceed the graduating classes of most of the 1980s state officials say.
"We are projecting a continuous decline (in graduation-class sizes) until l986, when it will hit 60,800, then up to 61,683 in 1987 and 64,486 in 1988," Al Hill of the comptrollers office in the State Department of Public Instruction, said Wednesday.
Based on Class Size
Those projections were made by the State Division of Management Information Systems based on class sizes of students already in school plus a consideration of how many students are likely to move into or out of the state.
This year's 73,840 is an increase from the 70,953 who graduated in 1978, the Department of Public Instruction says. Hill said the number of graduating students has stayed relatively stable for the past few years.
The sizes of the graduating classes vary from 721 at R. J. Reynolds Senior High School in Winston-Salem to four at Ocracoke School.
East Forsyth Senior High School at Kernersville has the second biggest group of graduating seniors with 719, Charlotte Independence is third with 641, and Mecklenburg High is fourth at 635.
At the other end of the scale, Nantahala School of Macon County will have seven graduates, Stecoah School in Graham County will have 20 and Highlands School of Macon County will have 22 grads.
The number of high schools statewide has dropped as consolidation continues. In 1978, there were 378 high schools, but this year there were 356.
Commencement dates range from May 28 to June 15.
From The Sentinel, Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, June 7, 1979, Page 13
Graduation Speakers Stress Need for God, Look at Past
Seniors graduating from three city-county schools last night heard that they should evaluate their 12 years of education, consider the past when planning the future and include God in that future.
Dr. Earl W. Sandefur, assistant superintendent for secondary education and Parkland Senior High School's former principal from 1968 to 1973, told the 596 graduating Parkland seniors that the school system wants students who can continue their educations either in school or at work.
"I hope you've learned that education does not just take place on the school grounds or in the school building," he said.
Dr. James A. Adams, superintendent of schools, told the 719 graduating seniors at East Forsyth Senior High School that they can do anything they are willing to make an effort to do. To improve the future, they should know the past, he said, telling them, "The farther back we can look into the past, the farther ahead we can see into the future."
East Forsyth's graduating class is the second-highest in the state. R. J. Reynolds Senior High School's 721 is the largest.
Following Adams' talk, Clara B. Gaines presented the Montague Award for the highest scholastic average to David R. Teague. As part of the award, Teague, a National Honor Society member, received $50 and a gold medallion worth $150.
The Rev. Cecil Cave, pastor of Mineral Springs Baptist Church, spoke to the 591 graduating seniors at North Forsyth Senior High School. He said that with the explosion of knowledge in the world, "we have to run to keep up. The pursuit of knowledge is only safe when it is coupled with wisdom and morality . . . There are frontiers before us to discover God's given talents."