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Musselman class of 2007 graduates

May 25, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Excitement?

Relief?

How does one describe graduation day?, Musselman High School senior Ryan Trochimowicz was asked.

"It's kind of everything," he said, shortly before walking with the class of 2007 in their finale as Applemen.

Thursday's commencement had a little of everything, too, from a class history to poetry to a band performance to heartfelt speeches.

"The world is your red carpet," Victoria Phillips told her classmates, a sea of green and white robes. "Never let yourself settle for less than exceptional."

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"May we find hope, peace, wisdom and strength," Somer Shockey added.

A packed gymnasium at Shepherd University's Butcher Center cheered its approval for speakers and musical numbers, but was especially vocal for graduates as their names were announced, one at a time.

Seniors shook hands with and hugged faculty members, then yelled with joy with each other in the hallway afterward.

About 290 seniors graduated.

Principal Ronald Stephens described the class as "wide-eyed and anxious" as freshmen, like they were anticipating an uncertain rollercoaster ride.

He told them they grew over the years and their hard work prepared them for what's next.

As a parting remark, Stephens wished them "the happiness of a productive life, the respect of your fellow human beings and the love of your family."

What's next for Leonard Trent, who moved from Virginia to West Virginia with his family a few months ago, is a return to Virginia.

He said he'll go to Longwood University in Farmville, Va., to study business.

Trochimowicz will attend Shepherd University, along with several of his classmates. He plans to be a receiver on the Shepherd football team.

"I'm going to move to Sacramento, California, and start a new life out there," senior Staci Walter said.

She said her brother moved there, so she'd like to stay for a year and "see new things." After that, she'll return home and study to become a licensed practical nurse.

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