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Martinsburg graduates look to future, celebrate past

June 01, 2002|by SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Hundreds of family members and friends watched as more than 230 Martinsburg High School seniors received their diplomas at the 124th annual Martinsburg High School graduation Friday night at Shepherd College.

"It just seems that at one time this was so far away, and now it's here. There are people here I may never see again," said graduating senior Jared Curry.

Jared said he plans to attend Appalachia Bible College in southern West Virginia and focus on missionary work.

"I'm taking it one step at a time," he said.

About 238 seniors walked across the stage in the Butcher Athletic Center at Shepherd College to receive their diplomas.

"You have a kid and the next thing you know you're sittin' here; it seems like overnight," said Cindy Norfolk, mother of senior Jessica Norfolk.

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"This is neat. It's a milestone, and I'm proud," she said.

Jessica plans to attend Shepherd College and pursue forensic psychology, her mother said.

Amanda M. Breech, class president, and Dylan B. Thomas delivered the valedictory speeches.

Breech spoke about changes and how they have shaped the graduates' lives over the past four years.

"Friends change, feelings change. ... We have all faced heartaches and setbacks. Some brought us joy, some brought us pain, but they all changed us," she said.

"Don't forget the hours in the sun. ... Forget about the mistakes you've made but don't forget the lessons learned. Remember the past four years even as we take the final leap into the future," she said.

Thomas told his classmates to remember the good times in high school such as the "joy of playing sports and the difference a friend can make," but said they should move on and make the future just as memorable.

"People say high school years are the best years of your life. I challenge you to make the next years better than the last four," he said.

The top 10 academic seniors received the Martinsburg Cup, the highest honor bestowed at the school.

The recipients were Richard L. Anderson, Amanda M. Breech, Carolyn R. Hunt, Eric W. Losh, Sarah K. Lovell, Kristina M. McIntyre, Nicholas J. Palkovic, Benjamin D. Plume, Dylan B. Thomas and Michael S. Ware.

"We get to pass a part of ourselves to the new generation of seniors," Breech said.

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