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Tech High graduates nearly 200

Commencement program showed diversity of interests, plans

June 01, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Washington County Technical High School Senior Michael Sprecher has his picture taken by family members just minutes prior to the start of the school's commencement ceremony Tuesday night at The Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Nearly 200 Washington County Technical High School students came together Tuesday to graduate and take the next steps toward their futures.

    The commencement program showed the diversity of their interests and their plans.

    Ethan Chase Fristoe studied environment horticulture.

    Jessica Marie Humphrey learned cosmetology.

    William A. Rabon focused on collision repair.

    Principal Jeffrey E. Stouffer said there were about 192 graduates.

    The Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College was packed. Stouffer asked the parents and other relatives of each graduate to stand and be recognized as the student's name was called.

    There were cheers and squeals of delight amid hearty applause as boys in their maroon robes and girls in their white robes walked to the stage for their diplomas.

    Stouffer congratulated the class for having no dropouts in two years and 25 seniors in the National Honor Society.

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He said high school is not an ending, but a beginning for the next challenge in life.

To the graduates' families, he said constant love and support will make a difference in their lives.

While addressing her classmates, student speaker Jocelyn A. Kline changed the phrase "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

For one day, she said, consider that "success is in the eye of the beholder." Graduates should think of success as making their dreams come true through hard work and determination, she said.

Valedictorian Heaven L. Burkhammer reminded her senior classmates how many times they were told they can accomplish anything if they put their minds to it.

They might have rolled their eyes at the advice, but it's true, she said.

"Now is the time to realize that you are the only thing standing in your way," she said. "Don't be your own roadblock."

Washington County Technical High School



o Washington County Technical High School, Class of 2010

o Date of graduation: June 1, 2010

o Number of graduates: About 192

o Valedictorian: Heaven L. Burkhammer

o Salutatorian: Justin M. Weese

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