All 39 from Warren New Tech headed to college

May. 19, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

WARRENTON — State Rep. Nathan Baskerville saluted the third graduating class of Warren New Tech High School on Saturday afternoon.

The project-based, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics high school sent forth 39 students from the Class of 2013.

Baskerville encouraged them to use their high school success and newly awarded diplomas toward reshaping the world.

“This is your opportunity to reshape the world,” Baskerville said. “I want you to use your talents and skills for good.”

Baskerville worked as an assistant district attorney before establishing his firm.0

He is vice president of North Carolina’s Ninth Judicial District Bar Association and chairman of the Vance County Indigent Defense Committee.

Last fall, Baskerville won election to the House of Representatives, where he represents Vance, Granville and Warren counties.

“Don’t be scared to go hard,” Baskerville said. “I go hard every day.

“I’m the youngest person in the General Assembly.”

Students at Warren New Tech proved they had what it takes to “go hard” as they turned their tassels Saturday, each one with plans of continuing their education in college.

According to Iris Castellon-Dethmers, principal and director at Warren New Tech, the Class of 2013 will graduate with 100 percent of students accepted to two- or four-year colleges and universities, a tradition continued since the school’s inception.

“It shows that when students are taught through project-based learning with infusion of technology, to collaborate with others, become independent learners and seek out questions beyond the basics, they can be extremely successful individuals as they are,” Dethmers said. “This is a great day for them, celebrating their accomplishments and reaching toward the next adventure in life.”

Brittany Nicole Harmon earned distinction as valedictorian of her class, and Angela Marie Buccilia was salutatorian.

Dr. Ray Spain, superintendent of Warren County Schools, was also a speaker during Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

Contact the writer at abentley@hendersondispatch.com.