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Tony Jivers is headed to Full Sail University in Florida, where he hopes to become a more polished producer, engineer and performer.

Alec Landry plans to combined a love of music and engineering into his future plans.

Zoyla Romo-Yañez brought her two sons and her daughter from Ecuador to the United States 15 years ago with little to their name. Nobody in the family spoke English.

Hanging out with his buddies at Cracker Barrel. Ice skating at a nearby rink then back to a friend’s house. His friend jumped in the pool. Then Corsi dove in head first, not realizing how shallow that end of the pool was.

When Sravya Uppalapati came to Lake Norman Charter School as a fifth-grader, the school was a complex of trailers awaiting a building. Eight years later, she graduated as valedictorian of a class of 195, having grown up along with the Huntersville school. Uppalapati, 17, will start pre-med at Virginia Commonwealth University in August under a scholarship that guarantees her acceptance into medical school.

As graduation nears, Victoria “Presley” Teigue and Rachael Baranowski look back on a challenging but rewarding high school journey. The seniors at Highland School of Technology in Gastonia formed a close friendship that became a resource for them and an inspiration to others.


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