The Class of 2017, Wallenpaupack Area High School, has walked the hallowed halls of their school one last time as seniors; as one body, they passed the tassel and tossed their caps, entering a new chapter for their unique lives of destiny.
WALLENPAUPACK - The Class of 2017, Wallenpaupack Area High School, has walked the hallowed halls of their school one last time as seniors; as one body, they passed the tassel and tossed their caps, entering a new chapter for their unique lives of destiny.
Graduation was held Friday night June 16th in the gymnasium. With 256 graduating, this was the smallest class in several years. Ann Monaghan, Registrar, said the height in recent memory was in 2010, when 372 graduated. The last time it was 256 or less is thought to have been in the early 2000’s.
Although fewer in members, one might not have been able to tell, by the lively class spirit they exhibited and the thunderous applause and cheers from the class and bleachers as their purple and white caps were hurled high in the air.
“Remember you came from Wallenpaupack’s rugged shores,” Class President Kristen Denniston told the class, echoing the Alma Mater. Thanking parents, teachers, support staff and all who helped them, she reminded her classmates that “once a Buckhorn, always a Buckhorn.”
Valedictorian, Tyler Mahone, likened graduation to being “born again” with a whole new life ahead of them. Facing changes and challenges, he urged the class to relax and be willing to step out of the shadows and into the sun.” He said our purpose must be part of the larger purpose, to create a better future for all of humanity. Failure, he said, is a necessity as it makes us better.
Zoe Cykosky, Salutatorian, reminded how scary it was to be a freshman, not remembering their locker combination, trying to make it to class or to the bus. Slowly it fell into place, and their class did it together. This next step in life is another chance to do it all over again, and learn to adapt to change. “Now our schedule is in our hands,” she said. The Class of 2017 got through their tests and survived. they now look forward. “6-16-17,” she said. “Remember this date like you remember your locker combination.”
Jessica Nisted presented the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Niazere-Rave Atkinson led in the Alma Mater.
Superintendent Michael Silsby presented numerous awards.
Beaming with pride, throngs of family members watched as their graduates received their diploma.
One family may have a double reason: Twins, Chad and Dan Vasey were in line.
One more example was a woman, Olga Maleyeff, dressed in purple and with hair of white, who cheered and waved as Steven Kelly, of Greentown, received his diploma. She turned to the crowd nearby, and with a big grin, declared, “That’s my great grandson!” She added, “I’m very proud.”