Summer commencement

South High hosts as 26 county sutdents graduate

South High hosts as 26 county sutdents graduate

August 01, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Washington County Board of Education member W. Princeton Young told a small group of soon-to-be high school graduates Thursday to continue their education throughout their adult years.

Young was the speaker at the school system's Summer Learning Center's Graduate Recognition Ceremony at South Hagerstown High School.

Twenty-six students from the Evening High School, Washington County Technical High School, and Boonsboro, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Smithsburg and Williamsport high schools received their diplomas.

Coordinator of Alternative Educational Programs Robert J. Beard Jr. said in a phone interview that students attend the summer school program to make up credits or take credits for early graduation. He also said students can complete other graduation requirements during the summer.


"I'm very proud of these students," said Young, who also said he had to make up credits as a student. "It's not about where you started out. It's about where you end up."

"Congratulations. Job well done, and please continue your education," Young said.

Young and Executive Director of Secondary Education Boyd J. Michael III awarded the diplomas to the graduates.

The annual summer school graduation ceremony was created by former Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett, Beard said.

Five graduates, Kyle Staley, Desiree Walker, Deanna Barkdoll and Amy Widmark of Smithsburg High School and Craig Dofflemyer of Williamsport High School, were recognized for their achievements in the program.

"I'm glad it's finally through," said James Shillingburg, a North High graduate.

Shillingburg, 18, said he was eager to start school at York Technical Institute for motorcycle technology.

"I guess I'm happy," said Richard Butts, 18, shortly after receiving his diploma.

"We are happy," Butts' grandmother, Carleta Sprecher said as she put her arm around him. "We're very proud."

When asked what he's going to miss about high school, Butts, a new South High graduate, said "a couple of cool teachers."

Butts said he has joined the Marines.

Beard told the graduates to be persistent and prepare for success as they carry out their adult lives.

"Never abandon your persistence ... stay the course and live out your dreams," Beard said.

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