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Berkeley Springs High School class of 2012 'planning for their futures'

Principal: 'from top to bottom, this is the best class we've had in a long time'

May 24, 2012|By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com
  • Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) High Schools Class of 2012 includes, from left, Loguen McKee, Valedictorian Kelsey Weimer, Salutatorian Zachary White and Zane Mokhiber.
By Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — For the first time in its 123-year history, a Berkeley Springs High School graduate was appointed to theU.S. MilitaryAcademy in West Point, N.Y.

West Point-bound Loguen McKee, 17, is one of the top 10 graduates from the 2012 class of 181 seniors who received a diploma at Thursday night’s graduation ceremony.

In addition to being accepted by West Point academically, Loguen was nominated by U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller, and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., and by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “Many members of my family have career paths in the military. I want to study Arabic and become a translator,” he said.

Loguen played football for Berkeley Springs High School and was this year’s team captain. He also hopes to play football for the Army’s Black Knights.

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“It’s bittersweet, but we’re very proud,” said Erin McKee, Loguen’s mother.

Valedictorian Kelsey Weimer, 17, received a full scholarship to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

“I am so excited to go to Dartmouth,” Kelsey said.

Salutatorian Zachary White, 18, earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he plans to study civil engineering.

“I know we’re scared to move forward, but we are ready and should be confident to take on the world,” Zachary said in his address.

Another member of the top 10 is Zane Mokhiber, 17, who received a full scholarship to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Zane said he will study industrial labor relations.

With their academic ability, motivation and a drive to succeed, “from top to bottom, this is the best class we’ve had in a long time,” said Berkeley Springs High School principal Lance Fox.

“This class is planning for their futures,” he said.

Dale and Bob Wurster, parents of another top 10 graduate, said Rachel Wurster, 18, received a full academic scholarship to West Liberty University in West Liberty, W.Va.

Rachel wants to teach secondary education in English or math, Dale Wurster said.

“You raised the bar academically,” Berkeley Springs High School math teacher Peter Gordon said in his address.

His advice to the graduates was to “follow your heart, reinvent yourself and serve.”

Also a folk singer and guitar player, Gordon sang “Fields of Gold” to the graduates to their delight and received great applause from more than 1,000 people who attended the graduation ceremony on the school’s football field.

Fox said he had a good first year as principal. “I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

Fox said the awards ceremony earlier this week was much longer than normal because so many students earned scholarships.

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