Left: Retired Westerville North High School Principal Jim McCann captivated the audience by telling them how the “Warrior Way” got started. Right: Students and class officers, right, take the Senior Pledge, vowing to practice the Warrior Way; be good role models; and re-commit to completing all the steps necessary to graduate.
Every year, shortly after school begins, seniors at Westerville North High find themselves marching into the gymnasium to thunderous applause from parents, staff and underclassmen. Each is given a yellow rose to carry, the thorns of which have been removed to symbolize obstacles they have overcome to get to this milestone in their lives. Principal Kurt Yancey shares a few words of inspiration, as do class officers. The ceremony has become a beloved rite of passage at the school, commemorating the beginning of what hopefully will become an outstanding and memorable senior year.
This year the Yellow Rose Ceremony took place on Friday morning, August 18. The keynote speaker was retired principal Jim McCann, founder of the Warrior Way, who urged everyone to “Leave here today believing each of us can make a difference by treating one another with dignity and respect.” The packed gymnasium responded to his words of wisdom with enthusiastic applause, followed by a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to You. August 18 also happened to be Mr. McCann’s 80th birthday.