Twelve members of North Augusta High School’s class of 2020 received high honors on Friday, being named as this year’s Hall of Fame recipients.

The tradition – started around 1971 – honors a handful of well-rounded seniors, who are chosen by their peers and teachers.

This year’s Hall of Famers are Eddie Burch, Rebeccah Ogbuefi, Matthew Owings, Rebecca O’Neal, Noah Whitfield, Blake Swanson, Kelsey Toole, Brayden Poorvin, Caroline O’Neal, Bear Smoker, Kamora Johnson and Ryan Hendrick.

“The class of 2020 has contributed greatly to the success of this high school in the classroom, through community service and through many extracurricular activities,” said teacher Craig Gilstrap during the announcement ceremony.

All seniors were given the opportunity to apply for consideration, and then 45 names were given to the senior class for a vote. Twenty-nine of those were nominated by the senior class. Those 29 were then asked to submit a resume and write why they love North Augusta High School.

The students each year don’t know whether or not they where chosen, but as they walk into the gym for the assembly, a slideshow of baby pictures flashes across the projector.

Swanson said he didn’t immediately recognize his photo.

“I’d never seen the picture before and I was like ‘It looks kind of similar to me, but I don’t think it is,'” Swanson said.

Fellow senior Burch said he recognized his photo but hadn’t thought he would win.

“My parents are out of town, so I didn’t think I got it because nobody was going to be there for me, but my great uncle and aunt came,” Burch said.

Poorvin did recognize his photo and said it was “pretty awesome” to be recognized.

“I mean, our class is just full of people that are deserving of it, so it makes it a little more special,” he said. Poorvin hopes to attend Florida State University and wants to major in something business related.

He also mentioned his “why I love North Augusta” write-up.

“Everything about North Augusta kind of provides the opportunity for you to better yourself and better the people around you,” he said.

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.