Sen. Erica D. Smith

Members of the Warren New Tech High School Class of 2019 will receive their high school diplomas during graduation exercises at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in the gymnasium at Warren County Middle School, 118 Campus Dr., Warrenton.

Student speakers will be Tyler Champion, Angel Vaughan, Khadijah Pharr and Anna Brauer.

The commencement speaker will be North Carolina Sen. Erica D. Smith, who represents District 3, consisting of Warren, Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northampton and Vance counties.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Howard University School of Divinity.

Smith has worked as a senior specialist engineer with The Boeing Co., patent examiner in the Chemical Engineering Technology Center for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and as a secondary math instructional specialist.

She was elected to the N.C. General Assembly in 2014, becoming the first woman to represent District 3 in the Senate. Previously, she served on the Northampton County Board of Education, and as chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the Northampton County Democratic Party.

Smith currently serves as co-chair of the Joint Legislative Tech Caucus and Joint Democratic Women’s Caucus, and as immediate past chairwoman of the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus. She is a member of the Northampton County branch of the NAACP.

An ordained minister, Smith serves as associate servant at Cool Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Gaston, where she was licensed in 2001. She was ordained in 2002 through the Northampton County and Vicinity Missionary Baptist Association, General Baptist State Convention – North Carolina, National Baptist, USA. Smith is the Association’s immediate past first-vice moderator and was the first woman to serve as its moderator.