The school gymnasium was filled last night (SRO) as the Ocracoke community gathered to witness our school principal and county superintendent award diplomas to Samantha, Jordan, DJ, and Aaron. Unlike in so many larger schools, Ocracoke commencement exercises are very personal. Both principal George Ortman and speaker Marcy Brenner knew each of the seniors well. In their remarks they often addressed the new graduates by name, and shared stories and insights to encourage them as they venture forth.
One theme in Marcy's address was the value of community. The sense of community was underscored clearly by the enthusiastic turnout of so many residents of the island to celebrate with the graduates, to congratulate them, and to wish them well.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.