ELKIN - Twenty-four graduation-bound seniors were honored Tuesday night during Senior Night festivities during halftime of the Elks’ matchup with Ashe County.
Five cheerleaders, three swimmers, two runners, two fencers and one wrestler joined 11 basketball players in the ceremony.
Each senior was joined with one or both parents as they walked to half court in front of the Elkin faithful to an ovation.
Boys basketball featured eight seniors - Byron Alberto, Jermaine Hayes, Jordan Johnson, Jeremiah Morrison, Ben Osborne, Conner Reynolds, Hayden Snow and Johnathan Stroud - who kicked off the ceremony.
Girl’s basketball followed with three seniors - Samantha Dimmette, Morgan Moody and Sarah Snow - who were greeted by head coach Derek Carter with a bouquet of flowers.
Five cheerleaders - Ferney Garduno, Nickayla Lytton, Carley Parker, Carrie Parker and Anna Sparks - were honored in uniform.
Sarah Singleton and Kara Bridges, who helped lead the Lady Elks to the Mountain Valley Conference swim title in January, were joined by MVAC Boy’s Swimmer of the Year Cory Eaton.
Zach Millsaps - donning UNC Pembroke cross-country apparel - and Shayla Nicholson represented the indoor track team.
Wrestler Brandon Testerman and fencers Catherine Shumack and Amy Rector rounded out the evening.
Boys head basketball coach Kenneth Abrams described the ceremony as “very emotional” for him and his eight seniors.
“This was a very emotional night. I’ve only had one year with [the seniors], but they’ve all worked hard this year. I hope they learned a little something about life from playing basketball with me,” he explained. “This was a really good group of kids. I’ll miss them because you form that bond, you practice three or four times a week and play games. It was just an emotional night.
“The seniors have been together for three years now so they know each other pretty well. They knew tonight was coming though. And I think on a night like this, they’re a little nervous, not because of the game, but because of the scene. I hope they had a good last season - we’re not done yet, but I hope they’ve had a good run,” he added.