Diplomas awarded to 306 Musselman grads


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    SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgan Kali Miller's parting reminder Thursday evening to fellow graduates of Musselman High School's Class of 2010 was all about school spirit.

    "Once an Applemen, always an Applemen," Miller said after presenting the graduating class' gifts at the school's commencement exercise at Shepherd University.

    Diplomas were awarded to 306 graduates this year, the 61st year for the southern Berkeley County school in Inwood, W.Va., according to commencement coordinator Terri Avey.

    Principal Ronald Stephens told an overflow crowd packed inside the university's Butcher Center that more than a third of the graduating class were in the Berkeley County Scholars Program.


Meagan Beavers said she said plans to major in equine therapeutics at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.

"Horses are my passion and I love helping people," Beavers said. "I want to help people with disabilities, especially children."

A family member's experienced sparked her interest.

"I have a cousin who has Down syndrome and ... horses have helped her so much," Beavers said.

When asked to share a favorite memory from her time at Musselman, Beaver said all of the away wrestling teams road trips were a lot of fun. She was the team manager for three years, a position that she admitted required "a lot of patience."

Kyle Butler said he doesn't plan to stray far from home after graduation. After obtaining a business management degree at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Butler said he plans to run the family farm where they have about 130 Angus cattle.

Dustin Faircloth, who plans to major in physical education, recalled his experiences playing on the school basketball team as being a significant highlight, particularly competing in the state tournament.

"It was fun, enjoyable and (I'm) ready to get out," Faircloth said.

Ryan LaRose said he has plans to play baseball at Young Harris College in Georgia, where he was awarded a 70 percent scholarship.

LaRose said he plans to major in criminal justice.

When asked about his experiences at Musselman, LaRose said "it's a good time."

Class President Amber Ridings, who plans to attend Bethany College and major in accounting, said her favorite memory was actually when she was a sophomore, when the class finished second for spirit week, which was "a pretty big deal."

In concluding an account of the class' history, Ridings and classmate Chad White together recited a quote by Dr. Seuss that was selected to be the class motto.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened," they said.

Following Ridings and White's remarks, an arrangement of the class song 'Don't Stop Believin' by Journey was performed by a choral ensemble of graduating seniors.

For her part in Thursday's commencement, Miller announced class gifts were a 6-foot by 18-foot green banner emblazoned with the words 'Protect This House" and four smaller banners for each of school's four classes in school spirit activities to hang in the gymnasium.

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