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Jefferson High School graduates 437

June 05, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - With memories of winning football and baseball teams to take with them, Jefferson High School's 2006 graduating class was sent off into the world Sunday during a ceremony at Shepherd University.

After all of the last-minute details were ironed out, the number of graduating students was listed at 437, said Gail Woods, a school system spokeswoman.

Class members could look back on memories like seeing the first football team to go undefeated in the regular season and last year's state champion baseball team.

Student speakers during Sunday's ceremony at The Butcher Center also talked about growing up in a world marked by national security concerns and advanced technology that gave students now widely used forms of communication like e-mail and text messaging.

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"Our school spirit reached an all-time high. We have laughed together, cried together and made memories together," class secretary Allison Elizabeth Speaker told the crowd.

Graduates donning their maroon gowns walked up a ramp to awaiting administrators and walked off carrying diplomas and yellow roses, the class flower. Graduate William Lukens gave the ceremony a special touch by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

This year's ceremony did not include a guest speaker.

Comments from graduates before the ceremony reflected wide-ranging plans, from planning for a family to saving money for school.

Christine Kennedy, 20, of Rippon, W.Va., said she plans to attend college in about a year. Kennedy said she needs to save some money first and would like to go to Hagerstown Business College.

"I'm happy. I'm excited. I couldn't wait for this day to come," said Chassidy Wolff, 18, of Kearneysville, W.Va. "I got a baby on the way, so I'm ready to start my family."

Wolff said she would like to take care of her baby for about a year, then return to work. Wolff said she is a cashier at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Graduates Sabrina Turpin and Kayla Spencer were excited about Sunday's graduation but also were sad to see their classmates going their separate ways.

Spencer said she was not sure what she was planning to do next.

"I'm just going to relax for a little bit and decide where to go from there," Spencer said.

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