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WILLIAMSPORT -- As they received words of wisdom and encouragement, Williamsport High School seniors graduating Thursday night at Hagerstown Community College remembered two students who died of cancer this year.
The class gift presented to the school was a check for landscaping, and some of that money will be used to establish a scholarship in memory of Josh Forsythe and Katarina "Katie" Stains, both of whom died after being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
School officials said 196 seniors received diplomas during the ceremony at the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
Washington County Board of Education member Paul W. Bailey left the students with some words to live by, like perseverance and persistence. On a lighter note, Bailey repeated wisdom once offered by television personality Andy Rooney.
Rooney said that no matter how serious life becomes, everyone needs someone "to act goofy with," Bailey said. Rooney also said love, not time, heals all wounds and although life can be tough, students need to say to themselves that they are tougher, Bailey said.