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West Craven Salutatorian shares her words of wisdom

The 2019 – 2020 West Craven High School Salutatorian is an active member of West Craven High School and in her community. While in high school, she served as Captain of the West Craven High Volleyball team for both her Junior and Senior years.  She earned all-conference both years, which speaks to her leadership and dedication to excellence.

This young lady is an active member of her church where she is involved in her church’s youth group and is a teacher in children’s church. She also spends time coaching volleyball. Lexi also spent many hours volunteering for the West Craven Baseball team where she was a familiar face in concession stand and nearly every game.

She achieved a weighted GPA of 4.4259. She plans to attend Pitt Community College in the fall, where she will play volleyball and then transfer to East Carolina University to major in Business.

 She is the daughter of her mother, Ana Edwards, her father, Michael McCoy and her step-mother, Annie McCoy. West Craven High School is proud to introduce our salutatorian, Lexi McCoy and present to you her graduation speech.

 Good morning, West Craven High School graduating class of 2020. It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you, your families, and the West Craven High School teachers, staff, and administration to this commencement ceremony.  To say that the path leading to today was filled with adventure, challenges, highs, and lows would be nothing short of an understatement.  Yet here we are – stronger and more unified than ever. 

Resilience, strength, solidarity.  Those are just three words that come to mind when I think of the class of 2020.  When Hurricane Florence paid us a visit in 2018, we not only picked up the pieces she left behind, we opened our doors to Craven County’s youngest students.  We shared our halls and cafeteria with them, we embraced them and helped them feel normalcy during an otherwise uncertain time.  That experience helped build character.  When the Coronavirus shut our nation down, we worked alongside our teachers and administrators to continue our education to ensure that today would become a reality.  This experience has built our tenacity.  Artist and writer Vivian Greene penned the famous saying, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain”.

We have accomplished so much in our four years at West Craven High School.  Take a moment to think about the parents, family members, teachers, and administrators who shaped our entire educational career, from pre-school through senior year.  They spent hours upon hours trying to ensure we were well equipped to survive college, careers, and life.  They have done an amazing job and we extend our gratitude.  

We had the honor of being led by the North Carolina Principal of the Year, Mr. Tabari Wallace.  Mr. Wallace was innovative and inspirational.  He fostered an environment where teachers cheered us on in the mornings, pumped us up before games and exams, celebrated our successes, and stood by us through the tough times.  He organized an armada to travel every square inch of western Craven County to ensure each one of us received a sign to commemorate our senior year.  We did not just have an educational experience here at West Craven High School; we had a life experience that will carry us far beyond the walls of West Craven High School.  

To the class of 2020, I can tell you all now – we may have had some scattered showers through the last 4 years, but we have certainly learned to dance in the rain.  No matter what life brings you as you embark on the next chapter of your lives, keep dancing. 

Congratulations to the West Craven High School Class of 2020! – Lexi McCoy, West Craven High Salutatorian 2020