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Hancock grads succeeded by 'Believin''

June 03, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

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    HANCOCK -- Hancock's 2010 high school graduates ended their journey through public school with Journey.

    With commencement over, boys clad in blue robes and girls dressed in white huddled outside the school clutching sunflowers.

    Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," the class song, blared from a stereo system.

    On the count of 3, they tossed their caps high, cheered and celebrated their new accomplishment.

    Hancock Middle Senior High School Principal Eric J. Michael saluted the unity and spirit of the class. At school dances, seniors sang their song in unison, he said.

    He called the graduating class "a strong team" that lived, played and even fought together.

    Salutatorian Dylan G. Rinker said in his speech that the class came from diverse backgrounds, but joined together and achieved. In the end, he said, they earned the right to look back and say, "It's all good."

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Valedictorian Hannah L. Creek said Hancock's high school is one of Maryland's smallest, but has a large heart, part of why she'll always be attached to her hometown.

She grew emotional as she faced the end of high school life. "Even though goodbyes are tough, they always bring with them hellos," she said.

Washington County Board of Education member William H. Staley said graduates should expect to be lifelong learners. An uncertain economy might force them to change directions a few times, as he did, Staley said.

About half of the class plans to attend a college or trade program. Several are setting out for the work force. Five who were on stage are on their way to the military. A sixth, who was absent, is already there.

Michael said Dakota J. Clark left Monday for U.S. Marine Corps basic training. He received his diploma last week, but his name was called Thursday. A gown and Marine Corps hat were placed on an empty chair on stage in his honor.

With only 49 graduating seniors, there was time to recognize each and mention his or her accomplishments and plans.

Michael said the class succeeded through hard work, determination and attention to detail.

"They will go far, no doubt about it," he said.

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Hancock Middle Senior High School, Class of 2010

Date of graduation: June 3, 2010

Number of graduates: 49

Valedictorian: Hannah L. Creek

Salutatorian: Dylan G. Rinker

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