Magnet Convocation 2021


Chancelor Gordon

The annual Magnet Convocation took place Saturday, May 22 in the NC Arena. Seniors enjoyed an intimate gathering with family, friends, and the NC Magnet family as their time as an NC Magnet student came to a close. Speakers shared words of wisdom, students expressed magnitudes of gratitude, and all reflected on the last four years at NC.

Chancelor Gordon, Reporter

Magnet Convocation, a heartfelt event recognizing four years of late nights, long bus rides, and the lively experiences of Magnet seniors, took place Saturday, May 24 in NC’s Arena. Unlike previous years, the Convocation entailed mask wearing and distanced conversations, but the atmosphere held familiar sadness for the years left behind and excitement for the years ahead. 

Magnet coordinator James Auld and former Magnet coordinator David Stephenson opened the event with remarks on the history of the program and Magnet Convocation. Stephenson pointed out that the Convocation started as an idea by students to recognize the Magnet graduating class for all they accomplished and endured throughout their unparalleled experience in the Magnet program. 

The event proceeded with the tradition of recognizing Magnet faculty for their impact on students’ lives before introducing the new tradition of a Magnet warrior alumni speaker. Andrew Gasparini, Magnet class of 2017, bestowed the seniors with words of wisdom and encouragement for the next chapter in their lives. 

“These next steps will be big, so take them boldly,” Gasparini said. 

Several students received recognition for the following awards and accomplishments: Sydney Crowe for Star Student; Prapti Tanti, Katherin Sanchez-Montoya, and Grace Lawton for Bi-Literacy Seal; and Matthew Kulynych, Anna Leigh Toth, and CJ Bechtler as Magnet Foundation Scholars. 

The highly anticipated Stole Ceremony commenced as the event came to a close. Magnet seniors lined up to receive the blue stoles that they will wear on graduation day signifying their place in the Magnet graduating class of 2021. Carolyn Galloway, the AP Comparative Government teacher, announced colleges and anticipated majors as students walked across the floor for the presentation of their stole. 

Trudy Delhey, the first coordinator of the International Studies program, gave a final message to the crowd and the Magnet seniors. Her words filled with pride described the seniors as “the future” and commented on the change they would make.

An exclusive reception for seniors and faculty members took place following the event. Seniors enjoyed light refreshments, took photos with friends and faculty, received senior gifts, and discovered senior superlative winners.

“I was really able to see the community amongst the students and the faculty members that has been built over the past four years at the Convocation, and I was proud to be a part of it,” Magnet senior Sonal Bhugra said.