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Four sets of twins among more than 250 South Hagerstown High grads

June 07, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown High School Valedictorian Stephanie E. Young delivers the commencement address Friday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

Some of the closest attachments people form in their lives occur during their school years, but for eight graduates of South Hagerstown High School’s Class of 2013, the bonds go back to Day One.

“Eighteen years and nine months we’ve been rooming together,” said Khyri Baker, referring to his twin brother, Khalib.

The Bakers are one of four sets of twins among the more than 250 South High graduates who received their diplomas at the school Friday.

They are now set to take separate paths in life: Khalib is going to York (Pa.) College to study engineering, and Khyri is joining the U.S. Navy with the goal of becoming a police officer when he gets out of the service.

When asked what he learned from high school, Khalib said: “Do your homework. That’s how I got highest honors. Study hard and don’t slack off.”

Khyri Baker was among more than 20 graduates named by Acting Principal Jeremy Jakoby who are entering military service.

Also crossing the stage on Friday were twins Kody and Kyle Blackburn, Nickie and Nickole James, and Caroline and Nicole Robinson.

“The best thing probably is the friends you make and the opportunities you have,” Class President Michaela Brewer said. “I don’t really think there is a worst part of high school. You make the best of it.”

As the minutes ticked off before the processional, Valedictorian Stephanie E. Young said the biggest moment of her high school career was coming up.

“When I walk that stage, I’m going to remember every single tiny moment ... that led me here,” she said.

In recent weeks, people had been asking Young what she intended to say on Friday.

“It’s a work in progress,” Young said she told them.

 Like her speech, the students were also works in progress, which must have a foundation, she said.

“We begin with family and friends. They are our foundation,” Young said.

“What you say and do affects others in ways you might not see,” said Young, advising her peers to choose their words and actions carefully in life.

“Take a stand, you may have more influence than you know,” she said.

“You should each find a teacher and thank them for what they’ve done,” Salutatorian Ralph A. Diaz Jr. told the graduates.

At the end of this summer, many of the newly-minted graduates will be heading to college.

Assistant Principal Sherry L. Hamilton read off a long list of students who had earned scholarships and financial awards totaling more than $3 million.

“Celebrate this day and focus on your future,” Jakoby told the graduates.


South Hagerstown High School

Number of graduates: 265
Valedictorian: Stephanie E. Young
Salutatorian: Ralph A. Diaz

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