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Grads begin 'true journey'

Technical High School graduates more than 170 students

Technical High School graduates more than 170 students

June 06, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

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HAGERSTOWN - It was the end of the high school road for Washington County Technical High School seniors, but honors student Stephanie Reynard reminded her classmates, "now our true journey begins."

More than 170 local students graduated from the school this year, and most of them picked up their diplomas at commencement ceremonies Tuesday evening at the Hagerstown Community College Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

Principal Jeff Stouffer noted that the class of 2007 had posted the highest SAT scores and the best attendance record in the school's history.

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And none of them had been suspended.

"These three accomplishments are truly remarkable," Stouffer said, calling them "the educational trifecta.

"Basically, this means statistically, you are the best graduating class to ever walk the stage at Washington County Technical High School."

Valedictorian Kandice Brown, who studied computer repair and networking, briefly reminded her classmates how they determined as sophomores to go to the technical school. As seniors, she said, "these last few months have forced us to take responsibility" for planning their futures.

In addition to the usual array of school officials, Thomas Wibberley took the podium to present four $1,000 scholarships in memory of his son, U.S. Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley, a graduate of the school who died in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. The recipients included Brown, Brittany Doane and twins James and Jason Keeney.

"It is my sincere hope that all of you succeed in life and reach all of your hopes and dreams," Stouffer told the new graduates. "As you go on in life, please make your teachers proud. Make your parents proud. Make yourselves proud."




For coverage of the remaining Washington County high school graduations, see Friday's and Saturday's Herald-Mail newspapers or go to www.herald-mail.com and click on "Tri-State graduation coverage."

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