Cary High School
Number of graduates: 493
Sum of scholarships awarded: $5.4 million
Class motto: “What lies behind us and what lies before us is nothing compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Valedictorian: Paulina Powierza
Salutatorian: Richa Shah
Advice from valedictorian: “It’s important to have a goal in life and not let other people put down your goals,” Powierza said.
Lessons learned: “You can overcome any obstacle so long as you work hard at it and don’t let anything stand in your way,” Powierza said.
Middle Creek High School
Number of graduates: 398
Sum of scholarships awarded: $2.5 million
Class motto: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Valedictorian: Aakash Mehta
Salutatorian: Courtney Hoffmesiter
Class president: Lauren Sugarman
Advice from valedictorian: “You shouldn’t put things off,” Mehta said. “Don’t procrastinate, because it’s just a waste of time. Time management is the key to being successful.”
Lessons learned: “Put 110 percent into everything you do,” Mehta said. “Put in effort to be successful and to do what you want to do in life.”