Boonsboro grads told, 'You write your own stories'

June 04, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Boonsboro High School students in the class of 2010 enter their graduation ceremony Friday at Hagerstown Community College.
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    HAGERSTOWN -- Keegan Abernathy and Jake Spence said before they graduated Friday with the Boonsboro Class of 2010 that they would always remember the soccer team's trip to the state tournament in 2008.

    Although Boonsboro lost the Class 1A boys state championship game to Pocomoke, 3-1, they said the event pulled the class and community closer together.

    "We had a great group of guys," Spence said. "We were all good friends."

    Abernathy and Spence joined 189 of their classmates in the sweltering heat of the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College to receive their diplomas during a two-hour ceremony. People in the audience fanned themselves with graduation programs as industrial-sized fans recirculated warm air throughout the complex.

    Valedictorian Katrina Bushko said in her speech that she was confident the Class of 2010 would enjoy great success.

    "Do you know how much potential you hold?" said Bushko, who will attend Princeton University in the fall. "I'm looking at nurses and doctors, mathematicians and scientists, teachers and authors, artists and musicians, politicians and business people. We are capable of so much. As soon as we step out of this gym, we'll start on a journey -- a journey to realize our goals."


Washington County Board of Education Vice President Justin Hartings was the keynote speaker. He told the class that no matter how great a person's talent, he or she can fail if they neglect to maintain a positive attitude.

"You write your own stories," he said. "It begins, it commences today."

Harlee Alcala said she moved to Boonsboro in the middle of her freshman year from Japan, where her father was serving in the Marine Corps.

It was hard to meet people at first, Alcala said, but she made a lot of good friends while singing in the Boonsboro Women's Ensemble.

"It probably won't hit me until later," she said. "But I'll miss all of my friends."

The Boonsboro Class of 2010 accrued about $4.2 million in scholarships, Assistant Principal M. Scott Noll said.

As a gift, the class presented school officials with a check for $1,000 to help purchase a scoreboard for the football field.

Boonsboro High School Class of 2010

Date of graduation: June 4, 2010

Number of graduates: 191

Valedictorian: Katrina M. Bushko

Co-Salutatorian: Katie N. Brennan

Co-Salutatorian: Laurin M.T. Smith

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