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High school graduation ceremonies began Thursday with nearly 200 students from Cumberland International Early College High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, and Cumberland Polytechnic High School receiving their diplomas.

Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. Skye Corley will graduate from Cumberland Polytechnic High School.

Cumberland Community Foundation on Tuesday announced $557,150 in scholarship awards to students at a reception at Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. Inayat Zulfiqar will graduate from Cross Creek Early College High School. He answered these questions about his education and his future.

Joshaih Blue will graduate from A.B. Wilkins High School. Read what he had to say about his high school years and his future

High school graduation ceremonies begin Thursday for students in Cumberland County Schools, according to a news release. The ceremonies will be at the Crown Coliseum. …

Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. The 17  2023 Standout Seniors  are bright, hard-working students who have overcome the odds to graduate and dedicate themselves to serving their community.

Hershey Bell has been named the founding dean of the Methodist University College of Medicine. University President Stanley T. Wearden announced Bell’s appointment on Thursday, according to a university news release.

To commemorate Fayetteville State University’s undergraduate Class of 2023, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin traveled from Washington to Fayetteville to deliver a commencement speech on Saturday urging graduates to serve others beyond their college years.

Fayetteville Technical Community College graduated more than 1,900 students Friday during its 61st annual commencement exercises. Two ceremonies were held at the Crown Coliseum, according to a college news release.

Terry Sanford High School principal, assistant principal suspended during investigation

The principal and assistant principal of Terry Sanford High School have been suspended indefinitely with pay because of an ongoing investigation, according to Cumberland County Schools. The suspensions of principal John Godbolt and assistant principal Quantisha Spencer were effective May 1. The school district is conducting the investigation.

Vin Intini has been affiliated with coaching boys’ and girls’ lacrosse at Fayetteville Academy for more than a decade, but when it comes to pinpointing his best team during that span he doesn’t hesitate. The current crop of girls, who have forged a 15-1 record, occupy the No. 1 spot in his book as they enter the NCISAA Division II state playoffs today with a home match at 4:30 p.m. against Greensboro Day.

Hard to believe, but high school football season is already here as Cumberland County teams are engaged in off-season spring conditioning. There is no set schedule when teams can hold the workouts, so some have already finished while others are in progress. A few will begin later.

Board of Education awards contract for enhanced campus security system

Campuses within Cumberland County Schools will soon have a new security system in place that tracks visitors entering and exiting school property. The county Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to award a contract to Raptor Technologies, a company that provides digital campus security to school districts. The contract will cost more than $196,000 in initial, one-time funding and an additional $60,175 in annual funding.

Methodist University celebrated more than 250 undergraduate and graduate students during its 60th spring commencement exercises Friday and Saturday. The university celebrated “Commencement Weekend” with three ceremonies for the Class of 2023 over two days: a graduate commencement and Baccalaureate service on campus on Friday and an undergraduate commencement at the Crown Coliseum on Saturday, according to a university news release.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will deliver the 2023 undergraduate commencement address at Fayetteville State University on May 13, according to the university’s communications office.

More than 250 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees at Methodist University’s commencement on Friday and Saturday. The graduate ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Huff Concert Hall on campus, according to a news release. More than 60 students will complete one of the university’s 10 graduate programs. At 10 a.m. Saturday at Crown Coliseum, about 200 graduates of undergraduate programs will receive their degrees.

An exhibit curated by Jack Britt High School students features artifacts from Task Force Dagger, America's military response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The third  annual Trojan Fit 5K Color Run/Walk is scheduled for April 22.

Eighth-grade STEM students at Seventy-First Classical Middle School launched rockets that they "made from scratch" on Wednesday afternoon in the back lawn of the main school building. The hands-on activity required the students to design and build their own rockets, according to a news release from Cumberland County Schools.

“It doesn’t matter how hard things get,” said Lucas Simmons, a sixth-grader at South View Middle School. “I’ve got to keep on going and not stop no matter how tough things are.” Lucas’ sentiment echoes that of hundreds of Cumberland County Schools students and parents who had the chance to hear former NFL player Keith Davis and former college football player Germard Reed during a two-day visit to local middle schools.

Samuel Aponte didn’t get the outcome he was hoping for last weekend when he competed in the National High School Coaches Association wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But he did come away with a pretty solid consolation prize, recognition as an All American wrestler.

Ty Stewart of Gray's Creek baseball and Vanni Intini or Fayetteville Academy lacrosse turned in standout performances this week.

Former NFL player and inspirational speaker encourages students to push for success

HOPE MILLS — Before Keith Davis played linebacker for the University of Southern California’s 1985 Rose Bowl championship football team; before he graduated with the highest grade point average among his teammates; and before he could leg-press 1,800 pounds, Davis struggled as a young man growing up.

Freshman Jordynn Parnell is in her first varsity season with the South View High School softball team, but she’s already revived memories of past Tiger pitching greats for head coach Phil Dean.

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