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Student profile: Lauren Adams
Because her last name is Adams, 18-year-old Lauren of Rock Hill has been first a lot. Any time a class at school did something in alphabetical order, you could pretty much bet Lauren Adams was first.
Today, she will add one more notch to her list of firsts: First name to be called out during today's South Pointe High School graduation.
"It's pretty exciting," she said. "It really is the first graduating class, and I'm the first person to walk across the stage."
South Pointe opened in 2005 without juniors or seniors. Today is the school's first graduation ceremony.
Adams said she likes spending time with her friends and her boyfriend, watching movies or playing video games. She was in the ROTC program at school and will attend Winthrop in the fall, though she's undecided on a major.
Although she'll miss her friends, Adams said she's ready to be done with high school.
"I really want to go ahead and get out of school because I'm ready to move on," she said. "So, I guess it's pretty cool that I'm graduating first."
-- Jessica Schonberg
Year opened: 2005
Graduating class: 224
This year's highlights:
• This year is the school's first graduating class.
• Senior class valedictorian Rebecca Fulmer, is a Coca-Cola Scholarship $10,000 recipient and a regional finalist in the foundation's national scholar competition.
• South Pointe's newspaper, South Pointe in the News (SPIN), won the 2007-2008 South Carolina Scholastic Press Association Palmetto Award.
• South Pointe's orchestra received a superior rating at the S.C. Music Educators Orchestra Division Concert Festival.
• In its second year of varsity competition, the Lady Stallions finished the basketball season as region champs with a 26-3 record and competed for the Upper State AAAA Championship.