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South graduates recall what they'll miss

June 11, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Robert Green probably won't miss walking the halls of South Hagerstown High School, the pressures of taking tests or pretty much anything about his high school experience - except for one thing.

"I think I'm going to miss the food," the new graduate said. "That's about it."

Green and his friend, Ben Guessford, said they were relieved that graduation finally had come and gone.

They were two of 219 South High seniors to graduate Friday.

"I was looking forward to it," said Guessford, who plans to study computer programming at Hagerstown Community College.

"I'm surprised with the report card," said Green as he looked at his end-of-year report card. "I passed a class I thought I was going to fail, and I failed a class I thought I was going to pass."

Green, who plans to attend HCC, said he was shocked to learn that he had passed his Advanced Placement European history class.

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"Considering you did absolutely no work," Guessford said.

Other graduates said they would miss school, but were happy and excited to move on.

Principal Richard P. Akers told members of the class of 2005 to figure out what they want to do with their lives and to live deliberately.

"So much of life is out of your control that it is especially important that you make the most out of your life that you can control," Akers said.

Michael Fritz said he planned to get a job, "just like everyone else."

He said he would miss walking around the school and hanging out with his friends.

"Pretty much getting away with anything," Fritz said.

Vicki Loy, Michael's mother, said her son would celebrate graduation by hanging out with his friends and partying on Sunday.

"He's going to be busy this weekend," Loy said.

Valedictorian Randy L. Ransier Jr. and salutatorian Timothy Sean Marriner gave graduation speeches, wishing their classmates well as they move beyond high school.

"I'm really, really excited," said Brandie Diane Dewitt, 17, while admitting she was a little nervous before the graduation ceremony.

She said she plans to attend Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., to study graphic design and play soccer.

"I'm going to miss all my friends, my teachers - they're awesome," Dewitt said. "And my sister, because she's in high school, too."

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