Amid the regulations of the COVID-19 pandemic, O’Neal is working hard to ensure its graduates are celebrated and recognized to the greatest extent possible. Today O’Neal’s theater, graduates arrived at different assigned time slots, with their family members (of 10 or less) to formally receive their diploma on stage. A live commencementfeaturing participation from the valedictorian, salutatorian and guest commencement speaker will happen later in July. This commemorates the 44th commencement for The O’Neal School.
O’Neal’s valedictorian is Isabella Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Miller of Seven Lakes.Salutatorian is NiashaKodzai, daughter of Drs. William and Za’VetteKodzai of Southern Pines.Niasha is also a NCSU Park Scholar. Jr. Marshals areMolly Kuzma, daughter of Dr. Charles and Mrs. Christine Kuzma of Foxfire and Tea Waldt, daughter of Ms. Kristina Waldtof Southern Pines.
The class of 2020 consisting of 30 students, so far hasamassedmore than $1.8 million in merit-based scholarships. The students are matriculating to 23institutions of higher learning in 14 states, 1 abroad and 1 military enlistment. They will be attending a variety of public and private colleges and universities, such as Barrett - The Honors College at Arizona State, Clemson University, Colorado State University, Hood College and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Nicole Adam has committed to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Women’s Golf Program, Sam Henry has committed to Colby College’s Men’s Tennis, and Hadiya Balser has committed to Brunswick Community College Women's Basketball.
Please see the video below which is part of the traditional annual "senior slide show". This year it was put together by O'Neal Parent and Alumni Michael Gutschmit. To see the slide show in its entirety, click HERE.