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Boonsboro High School braves the heat at commencement

June 09, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

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HAGERSTOWN - Boonsboro High School senior Jeremy Lantz said he was a little upset when he learned his 16-year-old sister would graduate with him.

Friday morning was supposed to be his big day to share with his classmates as they culminated 13 years of public education together.

But after taking a little ribbing from his peers, Jeremy said he was fine with the idea.

"I think it's cool," said Jeremy of graduating with his sister, Megan. "It's just different."

Megan Lantz said she decided to take extra classes and graduate early to enter the real world as soon as possible.

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She plans to attend Hagerstown Community College to study radiology.

The Lantz siblings were among 249 seniors who graduated Friday morning during Boonsboro High School's commencement at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

Principal Martin R. Green said graduation was held at HCC because its gymnasium can accommodate more guests than the high school.

"We really appreciate Hagerstown (Community College) allowing us to use it," he said. "Where else are we going to have it?"

Regardless of the larger venue, the ceremony was delayed for about 30 minutes after people had a difficult time finding a place to park in the overflowing lot.

Guests packed the stifling gym as they fanned themselves with their programs in a futile attempt to stay cool. The temperature outside was close to 90 degrees.

In her speech, salutatorian Amanda Bundick told the crowd that her classmates' high school journey was the price of admission to enter the real world.

"Someday, we'll face the consequences of screwing up royally," but that is the cost of being an adult, she said.

Bundick encouraged the members of the class of 2007 to stand on their own two feet and do what's right in life.

"Have the courage to live your life the way it needs to be lived," she said.

After the ceremony, Ira Redman, 18, said he felt "amazing."

"I'm so glad it's over," he said.

Although Redman said he will miss his friends and teachers, he looks forward to becoming a firefighter.

"That's what I've wanted to do since I can remember," he said.

As some of his classmates chanted "07 ... 07," Adam Stephens, 18, said he plans to attend the University of Maryland at College Park.

"I'll miss my friends the most," he said. "Boonsboro ... It was great."

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