Boonsboro class is heavily invested in its future, 7 million times over

June 07, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Boonsboro High School Principal Martin R. Green gave about 7 million reasons why the class of 2008 was special during its commencement ceremony Friday at Hagerstown Community College.

It was over the course of four years of academic achievement that the nearly 230 or so students in the class were able to compile nearly $7 million in college scholarships, Green said. In his four years as principal, Green said the class of 2008 earned almost twice as much as the class with the second highest amount.

"I don't know how the class of 2009 will match this. ... What a wonderful young group of men and women," Green said. "There's a tremendous amount of promise."

Before the two-hour ceremony began, soon-to-be-graduates stood fanning themselves in the stuffy hallway at HCC's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. They waited in anxious anticipation to march into the gymnasium, where a crowd of several hundred friends and family members sat under ceiling fans to observe the moment.


"I feel a little nervous, but I'm excited to get out of Boonsboro," Sarah Brown said. "It's getting a little monotonous."

Brown said she plans to attend St. Mary's College of Maryland in the fall to study pre-med.

Like many of the students, Brown said she would miss her friends the most, particularly Brittany Green and Kyle Lefler.

Green said she moved to Boonsboro from Frederick, Md., as a freshman and quickly made a lot of friends.

"It was a cultural shock," Green said of the move. "I'll miss the things that weren't in the textbooks. ... How to be with people in general."

After she earns a degree in education from Frostburg (Md.) State University, Green said she would consider returning to Boonsboro to teach.

"I'll take it day by day," she said. "I'll see where I end up after four years."

Lefler said she would miss being in the band, and is to study English with a concentration in journalism at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

"I'll miss all the fun we had," she said. "But I want to see the world."

In his speech, class valedictorian Brennen P. Baylor told his classmates that they were not alone in not knowing what the future would bring.

"The valedictorian in front of you is thinking the same thing," he said.

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Number of graduates: About 230

Valedictorian: Brennen P. Baylor

Co-Salutatorians: Hannah L. Crosby and Blaine A. Ford

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