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Clear Spring Class of 2002 urged to make good decisions

June 14, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Clear Spring co-valedictorian Bradley Cline told his fellow graduates Thursday to follow the five "Ds" on their journey to success after high school.

Cline, who shared valedictorian honors with Collin Calhoun, explained that his class would need desire, determination, dedication, discipline and good decisions to achieve their goals.

He said making good decisions was the most important of the five, because the choices they make might have long-lasting effects.

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"What is popular is not always right, and what it right is not always popular," Cline said.

Seventy-seven Clear Spring High School students received their diplomas during the school's 87th commencement before a capacity crowd in the auditorium.

Assistant Principal John Howell said 41 of the 77 graduates received scholarship money totaling $848,985.

Washington County Board of Education member J. Herbert Hardin was on hand to deliver the graduation message and award the diplomas.

"You're getting a very good foundation from a very well-to-do school," Hardin told the class of 2002.

Hardin told the students to remember their roots and strive to live decent lives.

"Go into the world with the commitment to wake up and be a better person each day of your life," he said.

Calhoun told his classmates they can use their experiences, good and bad, to their advantage.

"The success stories in our class will come from the young men and women who react well when their lives are disrupted..." he said.

"It only gets harder from here, I'm sorry to say," said Gary Ryan Grove in the senior address. "But we must persevere in order to succeed. By doing this we will separate ourselves from the rest."

Salutatorian Karen Courter told the class to turn to Jesus during hard times and seek the truth in their endeavors.

Christopher Hoffman, president of the senior class, said the class is responsible for daily leadership and sets the tone for the rest of the school. He then passed on that responsibility of leadership to Erin Weller, president of the Class of 2003.

Retired teacher Donald McCammon delivered a humorous speech, in which he joked about his age, his teaching style, putting students to sleep in his class and even the town of Clear Spring.

"By definition, most of you are related, because that's how Clear Spring is," McCammon joked.

McCammon thanked the class for asking him to speak at the ceremony.

Clear Spring Principal Martin Green, who wrapped up his first year with Washington County Public Schools, told the graduates that they are the masters of their own fate.

"The roads you travel, the choices/decisions you make will be yours to determine," Green said. "As of this night, childhood will officially end and you will become an adult."

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