SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Natalie Bonner Snyder, one of 380 Jefferson High School seniors who graduated Saturday in Shepherd University's Butcher Center, remembered her class' early days as freshmen.
"Days and weeks went by and, before we knew it, we started to forget who was from Charles Town, Shepherdstown or Harpers Ferry and we simply became the Cougars of Jefferson High School," she said.
Snyder, one of 134 seniors to graduate with honors, said in remarks to her class, "During our four years walking those halls, sitting in those classrooms and being with each other, we have had many accomplishments that have reflected the group we are and the individuals we have become."
"We have been preparing for life after high school for the last 18 years. Now high school is coming to an end," said Lindsay Cobb, president of the Class of 2009. "What Happens next? When we wake up tomorrow, next will be here ... and we can make whatever we want out of what happens next."