Carver/Century Class of 2008 Graduates Amid Uncertain Future For School

May 30, 2008


The eighth grade students at Carver/Century K-8 School graduated with a bit of uncertainty Thursday night, not knowing if they would be the last class ever to complete middle school at Carver/Century.

“We are going through some hard times right now,” Century Mayor Freddie McCall said about the fight to keep the school open. The Escambia County School Board has discussed closing the school, possibly as early as this fall.

” You can continue to support this school,” McCall told the graduates as he encouraged them to help invited back students that have left Carver/Century for other schools.

McCall, a 1959 graduate of Century High School, also offered the students words of encouragement as they move forward from Carver/Century.

“The groundwork has been laid in this school,” the mayor said, “and you can succeed in whatever you make up your mind to do.”

“We are the graduating class of 2008 from Carver/Century,” honor student Melanie Foust told her fellow students with pride as she reminded them of the good times they have had as Blackcats. “All of my teachers have taught me things that I’ll use for years to come.”

Assistant Principal Andy Gott presented a picture of Student of the Year Logan Brown to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Brown. “They were going to take him out (of Carver/Century) and put him in another school, but they didn’t,” Gott said.

Carver/Century Principal Jeff Garthwaite was unable to attend Thursday night’s eight grade graduation because he was attending his own daughter’s high school graduation,” Gott said.

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The Carver/Century Middle School Class of 2008 includes:

  • Marquita Allen
  • Logan Brown
  • Shantia Brown
  • Sim Brown
  • Mariah Burt
  • Na’Keetric Davison
  • Andrew Farrow
  • Melanie Foust
  • Ann Galvan
  • Brandon Harigel
  • Jessica Hedgepeth
  • Talisa Jackson
  • Cory King
  • Sean Knight
  • Montaio Mitchell
  • Talisa Presley
  • Jacob Sims
  • Breanah Taylor
  • Nathan Therrell

Pictured above: Honor Student Melanie Foust addresses the Carver/Century Class of 2008 Thursday night. Pictured below: Graduates presented a single rose to their parents or guardians. exclusive photos, click to enlarge.


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