The 13th HPCA Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 7:00pm in the Green Street Baptist Church worship center. There are 62 graduates in the class of 2018.
Valedictorian – Hunter Curlee
Hunter is the Valedictorian for HPCA’s class of 2018. Hunter is the son of Keith and Page Curlee and has been a student at HPCA for a total of 7 years. The other 6 years he attended Morrison Academy in Taiwan where his family served as missionaries while keeping their home base at Green Street Baptist Church and HPCA. During his years here, Hunter participated in both soccer and track and field for 6 years, making all conference in soccer and placing second in the state for pole vaulting his junior year. He received the Daniel Leadership Award for 9th, 10th and 11th grade. Other leadership positions include varsity soccer team captain, student council member, and vice president of the National Honor Society/Beta Club. Some of his academic awards include National Merit Commended Scholar and ACSI awards in the areas of athletics, academics, fine arts, and leadership. He was nominated for NC Governor’s School in both academics and fine arts, he attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership NC seminar (HOBY), and he was named the Rotary Club Student of the Month.
Hunter sings, and he plays at least 7 musical instruments. He has been a member of HPCA’s concert band and jazz band for the past 5 years where he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2016. He also has been a member of the chapel praise team, serving as praise team leader his junior and senior years. He attends Green Street Baptist Church, where he serves in praise team, is a leader in the youth group, and has helped with the children’s ministry and participated in short term mission trips.
Hunter will attend Anderson University in Anderson, SC, where he plans to double major in Christian studies and mathematics.
Salutatorian – Courtland Starr
Courtland is the Salutatorian for HPCA’s class of 2018. He is the son of Kristain Starr Coffey and the late Dwayne Starr, and stepson of Richard Coffey. Courtland is a “lifer” – attending HPCA since kindergarten. He is currently the president of the National Honor Society/Beta Club and served as secretary last year. He is a member of the Interact Service Club and Science National Honor Society. Courtland is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. He has received various HPCA academic awards, ACSI fine arts and academic awards, and college scholar awards. Courtland was nominated for the NC Governor’s School in fine arts. He was accepted to and attended the Stanford University High School Summer College program last summer. He has been a member of the varsity tennis team throughout high school and has received various team awards.
Courtland plays the French horn in HPCA’s concert band and the saxophone in the jazz band. In addition, he plays the trumpet, violin, and piano. Courtland was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2017 and the Director’s Award in 2016. He attends Green Street Baptist Church and is a leader in the youth group.
Courtland will attend NC State University where he will study Chemical Engineering.
We are excited to announce that alumnus Ben McManus will bring the commencement address to the Class of 2018, our 13th graduating class.
Ben graduated from HPCA in 2008, where he attended from seventh grade onward. He received his B.A. in Political Science from High Point University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ben currently practices law with Garrison Law Group in Asheboro, North Carolina in the area of medical malpractice defense. Garrison Law Group defends numerous hospitals, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals across North Carolina from medical malpractice claims.
During his time at HPCA, Ben played tuba and trombone in the wind ensemble and jazz band. He was a member of the drama club, performing in the lead role in a production of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Ben also performed the player introductions at numerous HPCA basketball games. Ben worked in the HPCA afterschool daycare program both before and after his graduation from HPCA.
While at High Point University, Ben was a member of the wind ensemble and pep band all four years. Upon his graduation, the HPU Pep Band created the “Ben McManus Spirit Award” as a yearly award to honor the band member displaying the most school spirit. Ben reprised this role in announcing for both HPCA men’s and women’s basketball games after graduation from law school
Ben’s wife, Jenny, teaches seventh grade math at Uwharrie Charter Academy in Asheboro, North Carolina. Ben and Jenny are currently active members of Green Street Baptist Church, where Ben plays tuba in the orchestra. Ben’s personal interests include passionately cheering for the Carolina Panthers and Tar Heels, learning to cook, and watching terrible movies with friends.
Congratulations to the 2018 Jr. Marshals. These students have the highest GPA in the junior class. (listed alphabetically)