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FM class lived, laughed and loved together

June 09, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. -- "What do you get when you take 42 of the most amazing people, times by 13 years, times by one graduation?"

Catherine Miller paused to let her question sink in among the audience.

Turning to look at her 41 friends nervously waiting in red and white caps and gown, Miller, the class president, smiled.

"Answer: the 2009 class of Fannett-Metal Senior High School."

The small group of graduates and their hundreds of family and friends took advantage of a break in the stormy weather Tuesday to celebrate the school's 56th commencement.

The misty day in the northern tier of Franklin County, Pa., was one of excitement for the graduates.

"Right now, I am ready to go," said Haylie Wright.

"We are going to miss each other, though," said Bobbie Myers.

Despite the excitement of entering the "real world" of college, military service or full-time employment, the graduates characterized the day as bittersweet.

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The small class of students was very close, Miller said.

"As a class, we have grown, lived, laughed, loved and even cried together," she said.

The students showed their bond as a class by cheering and clapping for one another as much or more as their family and friends, who screamed, cheered, cried and waved signs.

While the class was small, the 2009 class of Fannett-Metal Senior High School was a remarkable one, said Superintendent Dixie Paruch.

By listing the awards and accomplishments of each student, she gave each one a moment to shine and revel in the support of their community, family and friends.

It is impossible to characterize the role Fannett-Metal, or "FM" as the students call it, played in their lives, Myers said.

But glancing around at the building where she spent the last four years, her words were simple.

"It's been good," she said.




Fannett-Metal High School



Number of graduates: 42

Valedictorian: Paige Yocum

Salutatorians: Bobbie Myers and Russell Eby

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