By Gene Galin
Pittsboro, NC – Seaforth high school held it’s official ribbon-cutting celebration on Wednesday October 10.
The celebration was kicked off by the master of ceremonies and Seaforth high school principal Tripp Crayton. He welcomed all attendees and introduced the special guests in attendance.
After the introductions, seven Seaforth students came up to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The students reciting the pledge were Ellie Cook, Sophomore; Kyle Stinson, Freshman; Falayver Sung, Freshman; Jackson Vaughn, Freshman; Shayna Whitney, Sophomore; Rylee Witham, Freshman; Fiona Xiao, Sophomore.
Sophomore Lauren Winkler sang the National Anthem.
After Lauren finished, several guest speakers made remarks before the crowd.
Senator Valerie Foushee.
Mike Dasher, the chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners
Gary L. Leonard, Board of Education Chairman
Former Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan,
Dr. Anthony Jackson, Current Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson
Just before the ribbon-cutting principal Crayton made a few remarks beginning with; “First we want to thank God for making this opportunity possible for Chatham County Schools and the Seaforth community. I do feel fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity to lead such a beautiful school. As I’ve already mentioned, I would again want to thank my wife, Ellen and son Hadley, since they don’t see me so much, but I’m glad to have you here tonight and they see me in the good, the bad. And unfortunately the ugly. Without your support, this wouldn’t be possible either.”
“It has been exciting to create many firsts traditions already among our students, faculty, staff, and community. As we shepherd the first classes set foot on the sprawling campus. We want all of our students to be part of the new beginnings. It’s not about one person or one group. And I continue to be amazed at how building this foundation has really come together. Of course, we face challenges. Of course, we’re gonna have barriers that we have to overcome. But we’re also got to make sure we’re prepared for anything that comes our way.”
The Seaforth band performed the school fight song which had been written by the band director. The Seaforth cheerleaders joined during the playing of the fight song.
Principal Crayton finished off the celebration with some closing remarks and invited attendees to grab some refreshments and participate in student-led tours of the school after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.