Boonsboro graduates 176

June 15, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Friday marked an ending and a beginning for Boonsboro High School's class of 2002, Principal Richard Akers said.

The commencement ceremony for the 176 graduates marked the end of their time as Boonsboro students, during which they had many great achievements such as winning this year's state baseball championship, Akers said.

Commencement also signaled the beginning of their adult lives, he said. Akers encouraged the graduates to take their roles as citizens seriously, vote and step forward when leadership is needed.

Class salutatorian Cambria Baylor said graduation brings about both an exciting and scary time as graduates leave their comfortable surroundings and face new challenges.


But, she said, "Our only limits are the ones we put on ourselves."

Baylor, who plans to study chemistry and pre-med at James Madison University in Virginia, told her classmates the future provides them with the "opportunity to achieve all dreamed of."

Class valedictorian Amanda Binder told her classmates school has been more than classes.

"It's about the people you meet," said Binder, who plans to study chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.

"In the end, it's the people that make a difference," she said.

Washington County Board of Education member J. Herbert Hardin told the graduates to "go into the world with (the) commitment to be a better person each day."

Hundreds of friends and family filled the bleachers in the Hagerstown Community College Athletic, Recreation and Community Center to watch the graduation ceremony.

Applause, shouts and photo flashes filled the air as each graduate's name was called.

"We're excited because he's the baby of the family," said Amy Rand, who's brother in-law, Justin Rand, was graduating.

"The oldest (child) is 35 and he's 17, so it's a big thing. We're really excited," Rand said. "It seemed like just yesterday I was changing his diaper, and today he's getting his diploma."

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