WALLENPAUPACK - The Commencement Program for the 2018 Senior Class of Wallenpaupack Area High School was held outside under warm, partly cloudy skies on the football field in front of a packed bleacher section at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, June 15.

The school band played the National Anthem which was sung by John Rossitto leading the crowd.

A welcoming address by Class President Laura Carr set the stage for Zane Blau, Valedictorian and Giulianna Iona, Salutatorian to make their remarks. Zane, most likely drawing on something instilled by his coaches in the football program pointed out that hard work trumps good luck. Giulianna, tongue in cheek, contemplated all the courses that had been completed during high school with the daunting upcoming tasks, routinely done by adults in everyday real life, that are not part of the curriculum.

Additional 2018 Academic Honors:

Allied Health - Ranin Abdallah

Art - Marissa Boyd

Automotive Technology - Evan Sennefelder

Building Construction - Gabriel Crouthamel

Child Care Services and Development - Olivia Gregory, Ashley Sloan

Communications - Devyn Cunningham

Culinary Arts - Kayla Divenuto

English - Emily Mansfield

Foreign Language - Lauren Higgins

Mathematics - Zane Blau

Music - John Rossitto

Science - Olivia Bongiovi

Social Studies - Zane Blau

Technology Business - Carter Schmalzle.

Following the presentation of academic awards by Superintendent Michael R. Silsby, 266 graduates received their diplomas presented by the members of the School Board.

The Alma Mater was led by Mason Clark which was followed by the traditional toss of mortar boards and the Recessional to the parking lot where photos, hugs, and congratulations were plentiful.