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CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring High School graduation was delayed for several minutes Thursday while school officials quibbled with a senior who had displayed the words "Dream Big" across the top of her cap.
Senior Paige Shirk initially refused to change the cap during a brief dispute with officials as the class waited to take the stage in the school auditorium, but relented when she was told that she wouldn't be allowed to participate.
The ceremony began about five minutes late after she exchanged her cap for a plain one and returned to her spot in line.
"It wasn't something that would offend anyone," Shirk said after the ceremony. "I was very disappointed. In fact, I cried for a long time."
The events that occurred before the ceremony somewhat paralleled the speech that was given later by valedictorian Aaron Hetzer, who encouraged his classmates to shove back as they begin their journey into adulthood.