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Greencastle-Antrim graduates 200

June 05, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Amid a cloud of multicolored Silly String, 200 seniors graduated from Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School Friday night.

Excited family members waved, cheered, and shot video while the students filed in, girls in white caps and gowns, boys in royal blue.

Due to rainy weather, the overflow crowd filled the school's auditorium and cafeteria to watch the ceremony.

Addressing the audience, co-valedictorian Daniel Oliver said that he was surrounded by truly great individuals.

"We grew up together, we won together and we suffered defeat together," he said.

Saying that he would miss soccer and track, Oliver added that he will remember the fun things.

"Be persistent when you fail," he advised his classmates. "No one ever finished a race by lying down."

Nathaniel Kopp, co-valedictorian, told his fellow graduates that dreams don't rely solely on ability.

"Fill the sky with mansions, but don't forget to build steps," he said. "See a need and meet it; see a dream and fulfill it."

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Both Kopp and Oliver will attend the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, with Oliver to major in animal bioscience and Kopp in chemical engineering or bioengineering.

Salutatorians Colleen Seidel and Matthew Mohler also addressed the crowd.

Speaker for the event was Rich Rosen, creator, producer and host of Brainbusters, and a teacher of gifted children in the West Shore School District. He read to the class of 2004 from the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go."

"Even Dr. Seuss doesn't pretend that everything will be hunky-dory," he said.

Rosen said that the best insight he could give the class is hindsight.

"I learned that success in life is based on relationships," he said. "Happiness is based on who you know, who you trust and who you love. And who knows, trusts and loves you."

He encouraged the class to be kind, telling them that thoughtful behavior and common decency will help them build relationships with people.

Rosen advised the graduates to have respect for themselves, respect for others and to take responsibility for their actions.

According to faculty member Jack Appleby, 15 of the graduates had grade-point averages over 4.0, and half of the class had a GPA of at least 3.2.

After the ceremony, graduates and family members jammed the hallway, crying, hugging, smiling and posing for photos.

Brittany Faulk hugged her father, Kevin Napier, and said that this day had been "long awaited."

Jessica Hager said that she will be attending Hagerstown Community College in the fall, majoring in elementary education. Her parents, sister and grandparents celebrated with her. Jessica said she plans to keep in touch with her high school friends.

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