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Victory Christian School on Cowee Mountain recently held its annual Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2012. Pastor Benny Bagwell gave the charge to the graduates.

The members of the class of 2012 are, from left, Cody Southard of Franklin, Alex Ziarno of Franklin who was also the class valedictorian, and Brayden McMahan of Sylva.

In her speech, Ziarno challenged her classmates to excel in all that they do and above all to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with their lives.

 

The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education has released its 2011-12 conventional non-public school statistics, which includes only students enrolled in private K-12 schools. Home School statistics for 2011-12 will be available in August.

A total of 695 private K-12 schools were registered statewide for the 2011-12 school year. Only 11 counties in the state did not have a conventional non-public school operating within them. Approximately 67.3 percent of the 2011-12 schools were religious schools, collectively enrolling about 69.8 percent of the conventional nonpublic school students.

The total private K-12 school statewide enrollment dropped during the 2011-12 year to 96,096, a consecutive three-year decline in enrollment. In 2009-10, enrollment was 96,421 and 2010-2011 the enrollment was 96,229 after reaching an all-time record of 98,545 students in 2008-09.

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The Franklin High School Class of 2012 Commencement was held Friday, June 1, at Western Carolina University's Ramsey Center.

Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was the guest speaker. He shared wisdom on how to handle potential challenges that may come the graduates’ way.

FHS principal Dr. Chris Baldwin handed out diplomas to the 220 graduates in the class.

 

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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School graduated 12 seniors from North Carolina Saturday, June 2, including eight from Franklin and two from Highlands.

Graduate Alex Kovaka was the student speaker.

Kovaka received his appointment to the National Military Academy Friday, June 1.

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