By JONATHAN COX
Woodlawn School founder Dwayne Bowman offered the 13 members of the Class of 2014 a bit of advice for life during graduation ceremonies Thursday at the school: Cultivate self-reliance. “We try our best to help you become independent, lifelong learners,” he said.
Bowman, who founded the school in 2002, was one of several speakers as Woodlawn honored its 13 graduates and award recipients on the lawn in front of the historic Stinson Hall. He also was in the role of dad – his daughter, Sydney Bowman, was among the graduates.
At the school’s fifth graduation, officials, faculty, and students looked back on the goals they accomplished and relationships formed over the years.
While Bowman focused on independence, senior and Woodlawn student John Patrick Shaw spoke about community and his close relationships with his classmates: “I’ve stopped seeing my peers and classmates, and started seeing them as family,” he said.
However tight-knit they may be, the Woodlawn senior class family will be parting ways during the next few months. The 13 seniors will be attending 12 different colleges, some as nearby as one mile down the road at Davidson College, some as distant as Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Following the speeches, seniors Mackenzie Loach and Maisie Wills presented a flag with the Woodlawn seal as the class gift. The flag will join a putting green and mural as part of the legacy of the class of 2014.
- For more about the Class of 2014 and where they’re all headed, see Brenda Barger’s Around Davidson column today.
Woodlawn School is an independent K-12 school off Presbyterian Road north of Davidson.
WOODLAWN SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014
Mary Rood Cunningham
Mackenzie Lorch William Neal
- CANNON SCHOOL, May 23, 9:00-11:00am, Cannon School Lawn, 5801 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027, http://www.cannonschool.org/, read our coverage of the Cannon School graduation.
- LAKE NORMAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, May 22, 6:00-8:00pm, North Stone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078, http://www.lakenormanchristian.org/
- DAVIDSON DAY SCHOOL, May 23, 7:00 pm, Wolter Field, 750 Jetton St., Davidson, NC 28036, http://www.davidsonday.org/
- LAKE NORMAN CHARTER SCHOOL, May 31, 9:00-11:30am, The Park Church, 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205, http://www.lncharter.org/pages/Lake_Norman_Charter
- WOODLAWN SCHOOL, June 5, 9:00-11:00am, Stinson Lawn (rain location Red Barn), 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville, NC 28115, http://www.woodlawnschool.org/
- COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON, June 5, 7:30pm, Belk Theatre Audio/Visual 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, http://www.csdnc.org/
- NORTH MECKLENBURG HIGH SCHOOL, June 13, 12:00pm, Bojangles’ Coliseum Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC 28205, http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/northmecklenburgHS
- W.A. HOUGH HIGH SCHOOL, June 14, 7:30pm, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC 28205, http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/williamamoshoughHS/
- HOPEWELL HIGH SCHOOL, June 16, 3:30pm, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC 28205, http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/hopewellHS/
For information on other CMS graduations, go here.