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Washington County Technical High School graduates 155

June 08, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Principal Jeffrey Stouffer was a very happy man Tuesday night as he watched the Washington County Technical High School Class of 2005 walk across the stage at Hagerstown Community College.

"I'm really proud of them," Stouffer said, noting the 155 graduates had the highest attendance ever (better than 96 percent) and that more than half are going on to either trade schools, two-year colleges or four-year colleges.

"And no one was suspended all year," Stouffer said.

Suzanne Prather recalled her choice to attend the technical high school on Oak Ridge Drive.

"It was a hard decision," she said.

Prather said she chose health occupations because she figured it would prepare her to become a music therapist.

"I want to open my own place some day," she said.

She is planning to attend Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pa.

Eddie Williams' goals aren't quite as clear, but he thinks choosing the graphic design curriculum at the technical high school was a wise decision.

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"I'm going to try an art school now," said Williams, whose home school is Williamsport High. "I'm looking at one in Washington, D.C."

Ken Jaye was looking forward to seeing his son, Kevin Jaye, cross the stage Tuesday night, having completed his computer repair and networking program.

"He is going on to HCC to further his studies," Ken Jaye said. "I'm very proud of him."

Kevin, 18, is also the son of Karen Barnett.

Speeches were delivered by Caitlin O. Berry, valedictorian; and Ashley Fleegle, representing the National Honor Society. The class salutatorian was Christopher Livengood.

Phil Ridenour, chief of the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., attended Tuesday's ceremonies to recognize four graduates who are volunteers at the fire station.

They are Timothy John Cooper, Jaysen Cochran, Timothy J. Fair Jr. and Thomas W. Garrett.

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