For Fox Creek High School Principal Josh Trahan, what defined the Class of 2014 wasn’t the $1.103 million earned in scholarships, 10 honor graduates or athletes who signed collegiate scholarships.
“The most unique aspect of this group was how involved they were,” Trahan said. “If someone wasn’t competing in a sport, you better believe they were cheering on their classmates. I can’t say it enough – these seniors pointed our school in the direction we want to go.”
In a ceremony at Aiken Technical College, 83 seniors graduated Thursday evening.
“What a great group,” senior guidance counselor Diane Smiley said. “The theme for this class was ‘unforgettable,’ and I believe that’s the perfect way to describe them. There’s no question they’re going be missed.”
The graduates will attend 24 different colleges, including the University of South Carolina, Clemson, The Citadel and the College of Charleston. Seventeen Fox Creek graduates plan to attend Aiken Tech, the most of any college.
USC Aiken ranked second with 15, including class president Kristen Chamberlain.
“As happy as I am to be walking across that stage, it means even more to see my friends do it,” Chamberlain said. “This was such an incredible year, but what made it so great was seeing how well everyone got along. We’re a really small class and most of us have been together since (elementary) school.”
Erin Holley earned valedictorian honors, while Forrest Whitfield was salutatorian.
As a junior, Whitfield received the West Point Leadership Award, which recognizes students in South Carolina who exhibit the qualities and ideals of West Point. Holley will attend USC Aiken, and Whitfield is headed to Clemson.
“Even though our class was extremely diverse, we really didn’t have many groups or cliques,” Chamberlain said. “The athletes were friends with members of student council, and everyone truly got along with each other.”
Although many Fox Creek students shared the same classrooms for years, things changed in 2012 when the high school transitioned from the Edgefield School District to the South Carolina Public Charter School District.
Smiley says the current senior class handled the move with ease.
“I think having kids enroll from outside Edgefield County really brought a lot to this class,” she said.
Two seniors earned football scholarships, including Deondre Baskett, who plans to play this fall at Limestone College.
Baskett says his years at Fox Creek have prepared him for what lies ahead.
“My time here has really helped me grow up and mature as a person,” Baskett said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me get to this point.”