McConnellsburg High School grads distinguish themselves

June 08, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The high school journey came to an end Friday night for McConnellsburg High School's class of 2008.

The senior class of 65 students received numerous scholarships and awards, and a crowd of close to 500 family members and friends applauded vigorously with each announcement.

Principal Todd Beatty praised the class for its high achievements and readiness to go forward.

"When the rubber meets the road, they're on it," he said.

Class valedictorian Stephanie Robinson received multiple scholarships. She was listed on the distinguished honor roll and was an All "A" honor roll student 24 times, high school secretary Nancy Shearer said.

Robinson's "rules of life" speech to her class focused on the importance of concentrating on the good and "to know the value of hard work."


Robinson will attend Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and study business and communications.

Class salutatorian Kelsey Barclay was on the distinguished honor roll four times and on the All "A" honor roll 20 times. Barclay will attend the University of Pittsburgh and study "something in the medical field."

Barclay said she shows horses, and will attend events in Oklahoma and Texas this summer.

Benjamin Carlson was third in the class. He was on the distinguished honor roll or on the All "A" honor roll 24 times. He will study engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lauren DeShong, fourth in her class, also was on the distinguished honor roll or All "A" honor roll 24 times. She said she plans to show horses this summer.

She will attend Penn State in the fall to study large animal science.

Beatty said the majority of the class members will continue their education and five students are going into the military.

Brandon Jones joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and Tyler Swisher, William Garloff, Philip Mellott and Kerry McCarty joined the National Guard, said teacher Dayton Tweedy.

"Everyone gets to know everyone," Tweedy said. "I am extremely proud of this graduating class."

Number of graduates: 65

Valedictorian: Stephanie Robinson

Salutatorian: Kelsey Barclay

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