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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2012
When Berkeley County's fourth public high school opens for the 2013-14 year, only students in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades will attend classes there. There will be no graduating Class of 2014 at Spring Mills High School, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon told the Berkeley County Board of Education Monday night. “We hope for this to be a smooth transition - that's the reason why we're giving it 14 months,” Arvon said about the school's scheduled opening. Even with the absence of a senior class for the school's first year, Arvon expects nearly 900 students to be enrolled there based on current enrollment figures.
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by ASHLEY HARTMAN | June 7, 2007
Click here to view and/or purchase photo. WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Members of the Southern Fulton High School class of 2007 reminisced about the past four years, looked to the future and celebrated their achievements during Wednesday's graduation ceremony. With mixed emotions, 71 students took the stage to receive their diplomas. "I'm ready to go, but I'm going to miss everybody," said Jessie Whiteside, who will be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
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May 26, 2006
The daughter of a local man received a drama award during a ceremony for students of a boarding school in northeastern Pennsylvania. Kathleen Vanderau, the daughter of Douglas Vanderau of Hagerstown and Harriet Vanderau of Scotland, Pa., received the Louise Loucks Moore and W. Carver Collins Drama Award during Wyoming Seminary's Awards Assembly. The award is presented to members of the junior or senior class who have done the most to promote and enhance the school's program in the dramatic arts, with special consideration given to those who work behind the scenes.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2012
When his time came to speak during Friday's Smithsburg High School graduation ceremony, Valedictorian Abdul R. Latif chugged some water and grabbed the microphone. Nine minutes later, he had received two standing ovations for a sharp, punchy monologue filled with inside jokes, advice and a tribute to a classmate who died - all delivered without notes. Near the end, he zipped through a one-minute rap-style chronology of the Class of 2012's high-school career. It was a lively sendoff at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown for a class that has experienced both significant successes, through its athletic teams, and the loss of a friend - Mitchell Akers, who died in April after an accident at Municipal Stadium.
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By DAN DEARTH and JENNIFER FITCH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2012
A Hustontown, Pa., teenager died Wednesday night when the car she was driving went off the roadway and struck some trees near McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania State Police said. Ashlyn N. Buterbaugh, 18, of 243 N. Clear Ridge Road was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders, according to a state police news release. She was vice president of the 38-member senior class at Forbes Road Senior High School in Waterfall, Pa. Troopers said they received a call at 10:27 p.m. for a vehicle accident in the 32700 block of Great Cove Road, or U.S. 522. An investigation showed that Buterbaugh was driving north in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier when the vehicle went into a large ditch and struck three trees.
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January 18, 2007
Brittany Poole Hancock Basketball Senior What do you like best about your sport? "The competitiveness that it takes to play it. " Your greatest accomplishment in your sport? "Improving overall each season. " Toughest individual opponent you have faced? "My other teammates when we scrimmage. " Toughest team you have faced? Martinsburg Other sports? Volleyball, Softball Other activities in school are you involved in? Future Educators of America, Student Council, Historian of the senior class Pregame rituals?
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By KAREN HANNA | November 16, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY karenh@herald-mail.com More Washington County Public Schools students are taking SATs, but the system's average scores on the college-entrance exam last year dropped, according to information presented to the Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The system's results on the SAT's combined sections measuring math and verbal reasoning abilities fell during the last school year from an average combined score of 1028 in 2004 to an average combined score of 1000.
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By HEATHER LOWERY | August 21, 2010
Ryan David, 18, was given one of 60 spots in the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture, an interest he contributes to his South Hagerstown High School drafting teacher, Bob Myers. "It was a little more rigorous than some other applications I filled out," David said about the application process. David, a 2010 South High graduate, said he will major in architecture at Penn State, but he does not know what his plans are for the future. "I think there is too much going on for me to worry about that," he said with a laugh.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | June 10, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com EMMITSBURG, Md. - More than 4,000 family members and friends watched 256 Waynesboro Area Senior High School seniors graduate Tuesday night in Knott Arena at Mount Saint Mary's College - a change of venue this year from the usual commencement site at the high school. Waynesboro Area Senior High School usually holds its graduations outdoors in the school's football stadium or, if it rains, inside the gymnasium. That happened last year on an unusually hot night.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
Minutes before receiving her diploma Wednesday night, Hedgesville High School graduating senior Stephanie Gardner said she plans to become a history teacher. “I want to go back (to school), I guess,” the 17-year-old girl said smiling. “I just had some really great history teachers at Hedgesville that inspired me to the same sort of thing,” Gardner said. Gardner was among 375 in this year's graduating class, which was saluted at Hedgesville High School's 112th commencement in the Butcher Center at Shepherd University for netting “well over” $3 million in scholarships.
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NEWS
June 9, 2012
As the sea of 190 graduates made its way to Kaley Field for their commencement Saturday, Megan Misiak stood out as the embodiment of strength and perseverance in Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School's Class of 2012. With the look of determination on her face, she guided her wheelchair down the track, onto the new turf field and to her goal of graduating with the class. “I didn't think I'd make it,” Misiak said through tears. She battled back from a vehicle accident during the first week of her senior year.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2012
The Wagaman family was out in force Friday evening to see Hannah Wagaman - their daughter, sister and granddaughter - join 161 fellow James Buchanan High School graduates to receive diplomas under mostly clear skies. In good weather, Buchanan High graduations are always held before the Rocket Field bleachers overflowing with hundreds of well-wishers. “This year's class is lighter than usual,” School Principal Rodney N. Benedick said. “Last year, there were 176 graduates.” Each graduating class usually starts out with about 200 freshmen, but the number dwindles over their four years, Benedick said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2012
When his time came to speak during Friday's Smithsburg High School graduation ceremony, Valedictorian Abdul R. Latif chugged some water and grabbed the microphone. Nine minutes later, he had received two standing ovations for a sharp, punchy monologue filled with inside jokes, advice and a tribute to a classmate who died - all delivered without notes. Near the end, he zipped through a one-minute rap-style chronology of the Class of 2012's high-school career. It was a lively sendoff at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown for a class that has experienced both significant successes, through its athletic teams, and the loss of a friend - Mitchell Akers, who died in April after an accident at Municipal Stadium.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2012
As the last class that Barry Purvis would see graduate while serving as principal, he told the Class of 2012 to cherish their memories at Chambersburg Area Senior High School because they will last a lifetime. “As in any school year, there are some tough times,” Purvis said. “Just remember whenever life becomes tough those who must endure become stronger.” Purvis was the first to speak to the 591 graduates at the  commencement Friday evening held at the school's Trojan Stadium.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2012
When Berkeley County's fourth public high school opens for the 2013-14 year, only students in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades will attend classes there. There will be no graduating Class of 2014 at Spring Mills High School, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon told the Berkeley County Board of Education Monday night. “We hope for this to be a smooth transition - that's the reason why we're giving it 14 months,” Arvon said about the school's scheduled opening. Even with the absence of a senior class for the school's first year, Arvon expects nearly 900 students to be enrolled there based on current enrollment figures.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH and JENNIFER FITCH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2012
A Hustontown, Pa., teenager died Wednesday night when the car she was driving went off the roadway and struck some trees near McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania State Police said. Ashlyn N. Buterbaugh, 18, of 243 N. Clear Ridge Road was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders, according to a state police news release. She was vice president of the 38-member senior class at Forbes Road Senior High School in Waterfall, Pa. Troopers said they received a call at 10:27 p.m. for a vehicle accident in the 32700 block of Great Cove Road, or U.S. 522. An investigation showed that Buterbaugh was driving north in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier when the vehicle went into a large ditch and struck three trees.
NEWS
By HEATHER LOWERY | August 21, 2010
Ryan David, 18, was given one of 60 spots in the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture, an interest he contributes to his South Hagerstown High School drafting teacher, Bob Myers. "It was a little more rigorous than some other applications I filled out," David said about the application process. David, a 2010 South High graduate, said he will major in architecture at Penn State, but he does not know what his plans are for the future. "I think there is too much going on for me to worry about that," he said with a laugh.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | October 4, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Friends of a 17-year-old girl killed this weekend in a car accident anticipate the halls of Chambersburg Area Senior High School will be much quieter Monday. Student Government President Kacy Straub left Friday's football game and lost control of the 1990 Lexus she was driving as it rounded a curve on Grand Point Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. The girl was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital and pronounced dead Saturday afternoon. "I was completely and utterly shocked.
NEWS
December 4, 2008
AUG. 6, 1938-DEC. 2, 2008 MAUGANSVILLE - Michael Allen McKee (Mick), 70, of Maugansville, Md., expired Dec. 2, 2008, at his home. Born Aug. 6, 1938, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Guy Allen McKee and Catherine L. Hastings McKee. He was secretary/treasurer of L.F. Franklin and Sons Construction Inc. and Valley Asphalt Products Inc. of Stephenson, Va., retiring in 2003. He graduated from Hagerstown High School, class of 1956, where he served as president of his senior class and was active in the student council and other organizations.
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