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Grads urged to take risks

June 10, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Washington County Board of Education member Roxanne R. Ober urged 145 Washington County Technical High School graduates to "believe in yourselves, have a goal, be a positive thinker and imagine success."

About 1,900 friends, family members and school staff attended the Technical High School Class of 2003 graduation ceremony held at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC Tuesday night.

Technical High School Principal Jeff Stouffer asked that parents stand to be recognized when their child's name was called to receive their diploma.

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Salutatorian Morris Eugene Schenk said Technical High School students made a difficult decision to complete the final two years of their high school career at a new school. He asked them to continue taking risks.

Schenk quoted President John F. Kennedy: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."

Thomas Wibberley gave two seniors, James Clark and class valedictorian Phillip Kugel, $1,000 scholarships in memory of his son 1999 Technical High School graduate Craig Wibberley, who died during the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000.

Senior Albert Knox received the Gerald G. Holmes award and senior John Ellis received the M. Eugene Mittel award.

"My mother used to say what goes around comes around," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said. "The wheel that was set in motion 12 years ago has come around for you tonight."

She urged students to become lifelong learners.

Tony Smith, 18, who graduated from the advanced computer applications program at the school, said that after graduation he plans to study game design at Full Sail, a Florida college that specializes in art infused technology majors.

Smith's home school was Smithsburg High School.

Ashley Starr, 18, who graduated from the culinary arts program, said she'll continue working as a waitress at Pizza Hut next year to save up money for her future bakery business.

"I had a lot of fun in this school," she said.

Starr's home school was Boonsboro High School.

Tamara Turner, 19, who graduated from the child care program at the school, said she plans to go to Hagerstown Community College in the fall to study elementary education.

Turner, whose home school was Boonsboro High, wants to become a kindergarten teacher.

Her thoughts on graduating: "It's my first, but it's not going to be my last."

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