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North High grads to form new loyalties, but will always be Hubs

June 04, 2010|By DON AINES
  • North Hagerstown High School co-valedictorians Michelle Ferreira, Madison Bondoc, and Elizabeth Kramer.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

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    HAGERSTOWN -- They all began Friday morning as Hubs, but by this fall many members of the North Hagerstown High School Class of 2010 will have moved on to colleges and universities to begin forming new loyalties.

    Amber Elliott will be a Hawk at Hagerstown Community College.

    The University of Pittsburgh will have a new Panther in Timothy Higgins.

    Katlyn Ritter will be a Seton Hall Pirate.

    Elizabeth Kramer will be rooting for the Duke Blue Devils.

    "I'm excited for all the school spirit," said Kramer, one of three valedictorians for the class, a first in school history, according to Principal Valerie Novak. Michelle Ferreira, Madison Bondoc and Kramer were tops among 38 students who had grade-point averages above 4.0, Novak said.

    Taking Advanced Placement courses and classes offered through the International Baccalaureate Program allowed those students to attain GPAs above 4.0, Kramer said. All three girls had GPAs of 4.53, she said.

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About $2.8 million in merit-based scholarships was awarded to more than 50 students, Novak said. That figure likely will increase over the summer as students rake in more scholarships and grants, she said.

If there were a prize for driving the farthest to attend the graduation, David Elliott would have been in the running. He started Thursday in Alabama and rolled into Hagerstown at about 3 a.m. Friday so he could see daughter Amber get her diploma.

Amber has a two-year track scholarship to HCC, Elliott said.

"I love it," he said.

Jill Ritter's daughter, Katlyn, will be going to Seton Hall on a soccer scholarship.

"She's a great athlete. I'm just so proud," Ritter said. "It's the next step in life ... She's a big girl now."

Higgins said his next step will be finding a job for the summer before heading off to Pittsburgh. He has accumulated some grant money to help pay for the next level of his education.

"It's called farming ... going out and finding the money for yourself," said his father, Tim.

"TFTM, TFTM," was the theme for Bondoc's valedictory address, meaning "Thanks for the memories, thanks for the moment." While each of the graduates will have unique and individual memories, she said they will never forget the people they met during their four years.

"The only way to adapt to change is to welcome it," Ferreira said in her address. "Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."

Procrastination is not always a waste of time, Kramer told her fellow graduates. It allows time to focus on things other than the immediate tasks ahead, she said.

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time," Kramer said, quoting John Lennon.

Several students said the relationships formed with faculty and friends will be their most cherished memories of the four years that ended when they each paused at the edge of the stage for a photo with Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth M. Morgan.

"I know a lot of good people here. I have a tight circle of friends," Timothy Higgins said. That part of the North Hagerstown High School experience will stay with most of the graduates.

"Remember, you will always be a Hub," senior class advisor Martha Cordova said.

North Hagerstown High School, Class of 2010



Date of Graduation: June 4, 2010

Number of Graduates: 319

Valedictorians: Madison E. Bondoc, Michelle M. Ferreira and Elizabeth L. Kramer

Salutatorian: Patrick Q. Creighton

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