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Greencastle-Antrim grads look to the road ahead

June 06, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Fearing a spring storm might dampen graduation festivities, the class of 2002 at Greencastle-Antrim High School moved indoors Wednesday night, forcing some families and friends to watch the proceedings on closed-circuit televisions in the cafeteria.

"We love you too .... W's, X's, Y's and Z's," shouted Samantha Kathleen Wolfe, co-valedictorian, as she saluted those folks at the end of the alphabet who didn't make it into the auditorium.

Wolfe remembered how she has spent nearly one-third of her young life with the 162 graduates who shared the stage with her Wednesday night. "I figured it up ... we've been together approximately 2,366 days."

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As she marked the end of something that has meant a lot to her, Wolfe pointed out that it is the beginning of something great. She thanked her family and friends for their support.

"We are better people because of all of you," Wolfe said.

Megan Katherine Wertner, co-valedictorian, turned to her fellow graduates and urged them to have enthusiasm for life.

"I remember in my freshman year, I played bass drum and one day I was walking on the field looking to my right when our music teacher stopped to tie her shoe," Wertner said.

The next indelible moment in Wertner's life was her bass drum rolling over Winifred E. Harvie, the then and current music teacher, with Wertner following close behind.

"I learned that day and other days that we need to pay attention and look ahead," Wertner said.

Also speaking Wednesday night were the three salutatorians, Jason Drew Metzler, Jamie Lynn Snyder and Katie Elizabeth Hess.

Class officers are Megan Beam, president; Katie Hess and Jessica Payne, vice presidents; Lauren Greenwald, secretary; and Mallory Ehrhart, treasurer.

Diplomas were presented by Ronald Troskoski, president of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board, and other members of the board.

Music was provided by the Greencastle-Antrim High School concert band.

A reception followed in the school cafeteria.

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