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Sixteen years later

Catching up with 1988 kindergarten class

Catching up with 1988 kindergarten class

October 24, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Sixteen years ago, 27 Washington County students sat beneath red and white construction-paper mortarboards as they prepared to get their diplomas for graduating from kindergarten at Conococheague Elementary School.

This past spring, several of those students received diplomas with much more pomp and circumstance when they graduated from college, while several others already were working full time or taking care of their children.

The Herald-Mail followed the students through elementary, middle and high school, with most of them graduating with the class of 2000. Those who stayed in Washington County public schools during their high school years attended Williamsport, Clear Spring or Washington County Technical high schools. Others went to Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School, Frederick (Md.) High School, Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania or other schools across the country.

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During the years, we asked them about their favorite and least favorite things and what they wanted to be when they grew up.

As a kindergartner, Dennis Clinger wanted to be a baseball player. Five years ago, he had "no idea" what he wanted to do. Now, he is studying history in college and considering a career as a teacher.

Shanna Corbin moved to McConnellsburg, Pa., then back to Washington County before moving to Mount Airy, Md., and attending Linganore High School.

Corbin wanted to grow up to be a doctor, she said when she graduated from kindergarten in 1988.

She still plans on pursuing a career in a health field. In February, she heads to South America to be a health teacher for the Peace Corps.

Here is what most of the other members of The Herald-Mail's Class of 2000 have been up to and are planning:

· Takara Boarman got married three years ago. She and her husband, Steven, live in Hedgesville with their daughters, Makayla, 31/2, and Jazmyn, who turned 1 on Oct. 16.

Barrett works at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

As a kindergartner, her favorite things were swimming, ballet and eating broccoli.

· Winfield "Scott" S. Brown III, 21, installs antique windows and does woodworking for Just Wood Industries Inc. in Mercersburg, Pa.

He lives with his girlfriend and friends near Hagerstown.

Brown's favorite things are playing with his son, Lukas, 3, and playing guitar. He still hopes to make money being a musician one day.

In sixth grade, he said his favorite thing was girls and his least favorite thing was homework.

· Dennis Clinger, 22, expects to graduate this December from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., near Harrisburg. Clinger has been studying history with a concentration in American history and a minor in education. He is thinking about going to graduate school to become a teacher at a secondary school.

At age 17, he enjoyed fishing and playing basketball and guitar.

· Shanna Corbin, 22, is a Peace Corps volunteer who will go to Guyana in South America in February to teach HIV and AIDS awareness. After two months of training in Georgetown - Guyana's capital - she will live with a host family for two years.

Corbin, of Mount Airy, wanted to travel and get some experience before going to graduate school. She graduated in May 2004 from the University of Delaware. She studied biology and wants to work in the health field.

Corbin received her advanced scuba diving certification in the summer of 2003. She has dived near the Virgin Islands and Key West, Fla.

In kindergarten, her favorite things were noodle soup and strawberries.

· Kristin D. DeBold, 21, worked at the Washington County Planning Department for two years before starting at the Washington County Soil Conservation office a year ago. DeBold expects to graduate from Hagerstown Business College in April 2005 with an associate's degree in the administrative professional program.

"Mean people" were her least favorite thing in kindergarten and sixth grade.

· Since graduating from Clear Spring High School in 2001, Bradley S. Dwyer, 22, has been a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway.

Dwyer has been working odd jobs since graduation and began studying this fall at Hagerstown Community College to become a licensed practical nurse. He plans to take more classes to become a registered nurse.

When he was in kindergarten, he said he wanted to grow up to be a Ghostbuster and a fireman.

· Christina M. Frisch, 22, worked at Shoney's for five years and studied medical transcription at HCC before moving to Ocean City, Md., last spring with her boyfriend, Matt Zimmerman. The couple is expecting their first child in January. She is working in a gift shop at the Clarion in Ocean City.

Kittens and Care Bears were her favorites in kindergarten.

· Catherine Gilchrist, 22, of Frederick, Md., joined the Air Force's security police and is waiting to hear when and where she will be sent for her four-year stint.

"I always wanted to do it and I finally have the time to do it," she said.

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