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Getting technical about it

Graduates take training to college and career paths

Graduates take training to college and career paths

June 07, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

They moved. They shifted. They fidgeted.

They picked at their robes and combed their tassels.

The Washington County Technical High School graduates waiting in line to receive their diplomas Tuesday night could not stand still.

Some, like 18-year-old Kristen Hughes, were nervous they would trip on stage or that their name would be misspelled.

"Which it was," Hughes said.

Others were nervous about taking the final steps of their high school days and the first toward college and careers.

After completing courses in criminal justice, computer graphics, cosmetology, auto technology and other technical concentrations, 167 students graduated Tuesday.

"By choosing technical high school, we put our occupational goals first," said Benjamin Powell, the class salutatorian.

The valedictorian was Matthew Nelson.

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Cornell Gordon, 18, of Hagerstown, took courses in digital communication and said he will be enrolling in Allegany College of Maryland in the fall. He said he hopes to have a career in music production. After graduating Tuesday, Gordon said he was eager for college and beginning his career.

"I can finally go forward and do more," he said. "I'm eager to get started."

Karly Mummert, 18, of Hagerstown, said she and her classmates studying cosmetology did each other's hair and nails for graduation.

"I love doing hair," she said.

Mummert said she will enroll at Hagerstown Community College in the Fall, but said she will not study cosmetology.

"I want to see what else I like doing," she said.

Hughes said she took automotive courses, but planned to study early childhood development at HCC.

"I liked (automotive)," she said. "But I just love kids."

Timothy Young, 18, of Boonsboro, said he will be taking the skills he learned in computer repair and networking courses to the United States Navy. He'll be working with computers there.

"I've been waiting for this day since kindergarten," Young said.

He will leave for training in Illinois in August.

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