North High graduates 184

June 13, 1997


Staff Writer

The words of North Hagerstown High School Salutatorian Carly Casta Wolfensberger rang true this morning for many of the 184 graduates.

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us," Wolfensberger said, quoting famous author Helen Keller.

The graduates seemed to be looking ahead, rather than into the past as they walked through the auditorium doors today, dressed in their red and white robes.


The graduates of 1997 seemed to know where they were going.

Dave Robinson is indeed looking for his open door, by way of furthering his education at Hagerstown Junior College.

"I want to get into the computer field,'' Robinson said. He added that he may consider the military as a way to improve his education.

Paul Mullenix is also a 1997 grad with college plans. After that, he's not sure which door he wants to open.

"It's either going to be physical therapy, environmental engineering or baseball, I'm not sure which yet,'' Mullenix said.

Robert Mullinix is looking to the stock market for his door to the future. But in the meantime, he is working at a fast-food restaurant.

Velvet Davis and Doris Lewis are also both HJC bound but each has chosen a different door.

"Criminal justice is my future,'' Davis said.

Lewis is headed for a nursing career. "I'm really excited about today,'' she said.

Wayne Gersen presented the diplomas - one of his last officials duties before he too goes through another door. The superintendent of schools will soon be leaving Hagerstown for a new position in New York state.

"This will be my last graduation at North High but I suspect it won't be my last graduation,'' Gersen said.

Valedictorian Anna M. Verdel of Hagerstown, was also honored at today's graduation ceremony.

Verdel has been active in the Latin Club, Student Government Association, Literary Society, National Honor Society, Red Cross Volunteer and has interests in art, animation and protection of the First Amendment.

She plans to attend University of Maryland College Park, major in Studio Art, and become an animator, special effects artist.

Wolfensberger, the daughter of Stephen and Patricia Wolfensberger, was active in Student Government Association, Latin Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, volleyball and swimming.

She plans to attend Frostburg and major in elementary education.

Robert Lochbaum, guidance counselor, was the master of ceremonies this morning to the packed house. Greetings came from Principal David Reeder.

Student government president was Pepper Anna Ballard who presented the student government gift.

Class president was Carly Casta Wolfensberger who in turn led the pledge to the flag.

Diplomas were handed out by Reeder, Assistant Principals Roger Giles and Regina Sharp.

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