McConnellsburg grads break into song

June 04, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, PA. -- McConnellsburg High School Salutatorian Jordan Bohrer turned to her fellow graduates on Thursday evening and encouraged them to "don't stop believin.'"

At her prompt, the 64 graduates of the Class of 2009 broke out into Journey's 1981 hit by the same name. Their musical introduction kicked off a ceremony in which graduates received diplomas and thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Some of the young men and women said they were nervous for graduation. All said they'll miss their friends the most.

"Sure we'll make new friends and meet new people, but none of them can share this moment with us," Valedictorian Justin Levi Gordon said.


"We always pick on each other, all the time," said Marcy Bishop, 21.

Class President Courtney Rae McClure included portions of her grandmother's valedictorian speech in her own remarks Thursday, tying those into a "circle of life" theme.

She talked about the anxieties of school -- homework, bullies and "girls, boys and cooties." She also thanked her parents for teaching her wrong and right.

Nicole Price, 18, plans to study elementary education and music at California University of Pennsylvania.

"I really like being in school and kids," she said of her reasons for choosing to enter the education field.

Casey DeShong, 19, was home-schooled his senior year, but he still maintained strong friendships with classmates. He joined those friends on the stage.

"I'm going into the military," Casey said, saying he will start with the U.S. Coast Guard in August.

Lauralye Sipes, 20, also plans to enter military service, although she has chosen the U.S. Army Reserves.

Sports, especially baseball, will be missed by Logan Peck. This fall, he'll start computer science studies at Millersville University, taking him away from the tight-knit McConnellsburg student body.

"You know pretty much everybody here," said Logan, 18.

McConnellsburg High School

64 graduates

Valedictorian: Justin Levi Gordon

Salutatorian: Jordan Elizabeth Bohrer

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