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71 graduate from Southern Fulton

June 07, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

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WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Members of the Southern Fulton High School class of 2007 reminisced about the past four years, looked to the future and celebrated their achievements during Wednesday's graduation ceremony.

With mixed emotions, 71 students took the stage to receive their diplomas.

"I'm ready to go, but I'm going to miss everybody," said Jessie Whiteside, who will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

"It was a tough journey to get to this stage," said senior class President Jeneice Shaw during her address at the ceremony. "Congratulations guys, we finally made it."

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"From achievements, trips, to just great fun ... members of our class have been a part of some pretty great things," said Michael Bard, as he spoke about the "Journey of the Class of 2007."

"When we were in sixth grade, we all wanted to be in high school ... once we got here, were weren't so sure," he said. "Now we're all ready to graduate."

Senior class Vice President Megan Barton was one of four students who spoke during the ceremony. Her speech was titled "The Choices We Make."

"Life is full of choices and some are more important than others," she said. "Thank you to the teachers, parents and others who have shaped our lives."

During the awards presentation, some of the top winners were Megan Barton, Kevin Truax, Jeneice Shaw, Adam Miller and Zachary Mellott.

Although 71 students is a small number compared to other high schools, many graduating seniors were happy to have attended a small high school.

"I liked it a lot because I got to know everyone in my senior class as opposed to a larger school," said Kari Powell, who will attend Shippensburg (Pa.) University in the fall. "You can get one-on-one help with teachers and having a smaller class helps you understand things."

"I like it," said Heather Teeters. "I like the people around here."

Teeters also said one of her favorite parts of high school was having classes with Todd Hoffner, who teaches social science classes at the high school. After this year, Hoffner will retire.

Irma Appel liked attending a small high school because she was able to "know everybody in the school."

Appel will attend Hagerstown Community College in the fall to continue with her nursing career. She is already a certified nursing assistant.

Seventy percent of the graduating class will go on to attend either a four-year college, two-year college, or technical school, while 27 percent will join the work force and 3 percent will join the armed forces, according to Principal Brett Gilliland.

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