'We came, we saw, we conquered'

Martinsburg High confers diplomas

  • Martinsburg High School graduate Samantha Harrison gets a hug from Principal Regina Phillips at Friday evening's commencement.
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    SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Kenny Roberts implored fellow graduates of Martinsburg High School's class of 2010 Friday evening to thank those loved ones who helped them along the way and challenged classmates to achieve even greater goals in the years to come.

    "It is our turn to ... truly make our mark on the world," the senior class president said at the school's 132nd commencement exercise at Shepherd University.

    Diplomas were awarded to 363 graduates this year, according to principal Regina Phillips, who lauded the academic achievements and academic prowess of the graduating class.

    "Concentrate on what you do well and do it better than anyone else," Phillips repeated to add emphasis.

    "Your passion will lead you to your next triumph."

    Ashley Goins said her next challenge will probably be the nursing or social work program at Shepherd University.

    "My sister's in social work and my mom works in a nursing home," Goins said.


Rebekah Gletner said she is planning to attend Marshall University and major in forensic chemistry, which she hopes will lead to a DNA testing job, which sometimes helps solve crimes.

"My passion is in science ... but not only do I get to do what I like, but I'm also getting to help people by giving them closure and running the tests and finding out what happened," Gletner said.

Sarah Stocker said she plans to major in elementary education at Fairmont State University.

"I've always had a passion for teaching," Stocker said. "I love kids."

When asked to share a favorite memory of her years at Martinsburg High, Stocker said all the high school dances and performances with the dance team at basketball games and elsewhere.

Shelby Johnson said she plans to be a foreign exchange student in Chile before going to college, but isn't really sure what she wants to major in.

"I'll decide over the summer," Johnson said.

When asked what graduation means to her, Johnson said the commencement exercise was "not so much an accomplishment, but a coming of age ceremony."

"This is the start of the rest of my life, really," Johnson said.

Phillips said 168 students graduated with a 3.0 grade point average or higher this year and 240 received $3 million in scholarships, an amount that likely would increase through the summer.

"Passion changes you and makes the impossible, possible," Phillips said.

No matter what the future holds, student council president Humza Kidwai told fellow classmates to remember Friday's ceremony.

"The bond we have made will last a lifetime ... Tonight we share an achievement -- high school graduation," Kidwai said.

"Congratulations to the class of 2010 -- We came, we saw, we conquered."

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