HAGERSTOWN -- Some might say high school graduation speeches are filled with cookie-cutter advice that is dismissed as soon as it is heard.
That was not, however, the case Friday at North Hagerstown High School's class of 2008 graduation ceremony.
In her speech, salutatorian Jessica Shuff cautioned her classmates about expecting life to go smoothly.
"Things may go wrong in our lives," Shuff said. "It is important to wait, however, and have confidence that things will turn out for the best."
No sooner had she finished than her classmate, Alexander Knepper, walked to the microphone and began singing "You'll Never Walk Alone."
His lips moved but, thanks to a malfunctioning microphone, no words were heard.
He moved to an adjacent microphone.
Knepper smiled and shrugged his shoulders as the crowd clapped politely.
Seconds later, Knepper's booming voice came through the speakers, and he finished the song to thunderous applause from the audience.