Clear Spring grads say senior year passed quickly

June 04, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CLEAR SPRING -- Stephanie Foust said she expected that many of her friends at Clear Spring High School would go their separate ways after Thursday's graduation.

But the 17-year-old said she'll always remember the four years they shared as the best time of her life.

Foust, who was one of 119 Clear Spring High seniors to receive her diploma Thursday, said she expects the good times to continue during "Senior Week," which starts Saturday in Ocean City, Md.

The graduating class of 2009 included the first group of Clear Spring seniors to graduate from the school's agriculture academy program.

One participant, J.D. Repp, 17, was president of his school's chapter of Future Farmers of America this year, and said he plans to study agriculture education at Penn State Mont Alto.


"I'm excited to graduate," Repp said. "But I'm going to miss everyone."

He said his last year of high school went by quickly, and was filled with anticipation about graduation and college.

Adam Lipella, another graduate of the school's agriculture academy program, said graduation day was emotional for him. His five older sisters traveled primarily from the West Coast to watch him earn his diploma.

"I'm not going to be able to look at them," Lipella said.

The day was also an emotional one for Lipella because his grandfather, who died in 2001, always said he wanted to be at his grandson's graduation.

Lipella, who graduated Thursday with high honors, plans to study fishery science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as Virginia Tech.

"I always wanted to do something more than stay in this small town," Lipella said. "I want to make some kind of difference."

However, Lipella said he plans to return to Washington County after earning his degree, and hopes to make the community a better place.

Zeke Stupelman, 18, described his last year of high school as "relaxed." He said he enrolled in some easier courses to lighten his load.

He plans to enroll at Hagerstown Community College, along with fellow graduate Erika Henson, who said she plans to study at HCC for one year before transferring to the nursing program at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"It all happened so fast," Henson said of her senior year. "It's really hard to believe it's over."

Foust said she expects she will keep in touch with many of her friends and plans to stay in Washington County after graduation.

"We know it's definitely not the end," Foust said. "We have so much more coming."

Clear Spring High School

Graduates: 119

Valedictorians: Korey Atherton and Amber Keck

Salutatorian: Amy Poet

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