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Finishing what they started

148 graduate from Williamsport High School

148 graduate from Williamsport High School

June 13, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

As a painting is not complete without the brushstrokes that created it, so are the moments in a person's life inseparable from their personality, Williamsport High School Class of 2003 valedictorian June Brindley told her classmates.

About 2,200 people gathered in Hagerstown Community College's ARCC Thursday night to honor Williamsport High's 148 graduating seniors.

Salutatorian Jessica Leiter asked her classmates to apply the four "L's" - loving, living, laughing, and learning - to their lives to make them more fulfilling.

"Live your life so when you finally grow up you can look back and have no regrets," she said.

Washington County Board of Education President Bernadette M. Wagner told students that if they make mistakes along the way they should correct them and move on.

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She quoted National Basketball Association star Michael Jordan: "I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."

Williamsport High Principal John Davidson told students that their attitude will determine their success.

He told them about an Olympic athlete who completed a marathon despite the cramps he had in his legs. After the race, the runner told a reporter that he had finished the race because his country had not sent him 5,000 miles to quit.

"You must finish what you start," he said.

For graduate Elizabeth Febus, 19, who had planned on quitting high school at the beginning of the school year, finishing what she started meant something a little bit more.

Febus said she had low grades and didn't feel like finishing school, but she managed to make the honor roll this last semester.

"It's very important," she said.

Febus plans eventually to attend Hagerstown Business College.

Graduate Lindsay Hovermale, 18, plans to finish her education at Salisbury State University, where she wants to study to become an athletic trainer.

She said she'd like to return to Williamsport to become an athletic trainer and a coach.

"I just think it's amazing that I'm finally getting out of here and starting new again," Hovermale said.

The Williamsport High Sophisti'Cats show choir performed three songs with their graduating senior members during the ceremony. Three graduating seniors played "The Star Spangled Banner" on trumpets.

Sharon Barnhart, guidance counselor for the school, gave more than 40 awards to graduating seniors. She said the Class of 2003 received $1,506,862 in scholarships.

Class President Megan Miller presented the school with a new scoreboard table for the gym.

Graduate Stefanie Barr, 18, who plans to study English at Frostburg State University in the fall, said she hopes to become a high school teacher.

She said this week has been hectic because she turned 18 Wednesday and graduated Thursday.

"It's all so surreal," she said. "That it's been four years and we're here."

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