JB students rocket into the future

June 04, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Desiree Robinson has been present for every one of the 2,340 days of her school career.

Tuscarora School District Superintendent Thomas Stapleford recognized Robinson Friday night at James Buchanan High School's graduation ceremony.

The daughter of Rick and Rose Robinson of Mercersburg, Desiree, 18, received the B. Myolei Owens Award, a Franklin County Farm Women Award and a Glazer Scholarship. She will attend Millersville (Pa.) University this fall to study elementary education.

Parents, friends and relatives crowded into the school's gymnasium and auditorium for the ceremonies to watch the 167 students receive their diplomas.

Collectively, the class earned $90,000 worth of scholarships, awards and deferred tuition, said acting Principal Rodney Benedick. He praised the "exceptional leadership" of the class of 2005, saying that they consistently won awards on the state and national level.


"This is a responsible and compassionate group of young adults," he said. "They will leave a mark on the world, as they have at James Buchanan."

Valedictorian Brandy Shindle, who maintained a 4.29 grade-point average throughout high school, told the class that they can be proud of their diplomas, but that there is much more to high school than classes, books and the 22 credits they earned.

"High school prepared us for the world," she said, citing the friends, mentors and memories gained in their four years at James Buchanan.

Salutatorian Meagan Meyers had a 4.24 grade-point average.

Benedick said that when the class of 2005 was born in the mid-1980s, Ronald Reagan was president, the Berlin Wall still was in place, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was in its first season and "Top Gun" was a popular movie.

"There have been amazing changes in your lifetime, and you will face unthinkable challenges," Benedick said. "But you don't need to worry about the future. You have an education, a family and a home. You are equipped to excel in every situation."

Class officers Sabrina Herman, Danielle Martin, Stacey Sprow and Jaimee Starliper presented the class gift, a monetary donation for new track record awards for the lobby and a new banner for the gymnasium.

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