WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduation ceremony had just begun when Stephanie Scott's right foot began to bounce anxiously. Her eyes quickly welled up with tears.
Stephanie, 17, had predicted it would happen.
"I'm crazy nervous because I'm going to cry," she said before entering the gymnasium Wednesday.
Family and friends filled the gym and watched a video feed in the auditorium for the school's 127th commencement, in which 264 students participated. Another 29 seniors are expected to complete eligibility requirements in the next few days and receive diplomas.
Many of Stephanie's fellow classmates wiped tears from their eyes, but Class President William A. "Billy" Mullarky lightened the mood during his address. He pulled off his blue graduation cap and replaced it with a Waffle House visor for an extended analogy comparing school to the restaurant.
"Think about the customers actively seeking nourishment every time they walk through the door. Those are our students," he said. "I hope each of you leave the Waffle House, I mean Waynesboro High, with the same fulfillment."