Musselman graduates 245

June 01, 2003|By RICHARD BELISLE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The theme at Musselman High School's graduation exercises Saturday night at Shepherd College was time, and each speaker turned over a small hourglass to represent how little time the seniors had together as classmates.

The front of their graduation program carried the theme in a quotation from Thomas Drier: "If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or the next year."

Some 245 seniors marched up the ramp to receive diplomas at the end of the commencement in Shepherd's Butcher Athletic Center. The boys wore green caps and gowns; the girls were in white.


Co-valedictorian Jason Bartles said that when he and his classmates came to the school as freshmen, the thought of graduation was a distant dream.

"We were told to use the next four years wisely because they would fly by," he said.

They went by in the blink of an eye, Bartles said.

"Your time is now," said Kitty Cauffman, Musselman High principal. "You have prepared for this for four years. You have what you need ... the intelligence and skills to open doors to your future."

Several seniors from all three Berkeley County high schools were attending the state track finals in Charleston, W.Va., this weekend. They were to receive their diplomas there, school officials said.

Several graduation speakers praised their teachers for preparing them for graduation and beyond.

Chad Spencer, 25, of Martinsburg, has been teaching English at Musselman for two years. A graduate of West Virginia University, he said there are advantages to being close in age to students.

"You can be their best friend and still be an adult figure in their lives," Spencer said.

Amber Boyd, president of the class of 2003, said she plans to enter WVU's five-year program this fall and come out with a master's degree in elementary education. She said her teachers inspired her to choose the career.

Swaim, in his valedictory address, told his fellow seniors that graduation means they were about to take the last step from childhood to adulthood.

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