Class of 370 in Class of ’13 Valedictorian to remain secret until commencement Warwick’s top four

By on June 5, 2013

Commencement for Warwick High School’s Class of 2013 will be held Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Church.

Approximately 370 students are expected to graduate. Student speakers will be class president Robert Stoudt as well as the valedictorian and salutatorian, both of which will be announced that night. The top four students have been notified that they have the potential to speak, but only the top two will actually present their speeches.

"This is the second year that Warwick has used the official end-of-year ranking of students to determine the speakers," Lori Zimmerman, public relations coordinator for the school district, explained. "Prior to that, the end of the the third marking period grades were used. It was changed to reflect the actual top two students in the class, not the projected top two. While we are down to the wire, since the top students are now decided by the real end-of-the-year grade point averages, it is still unknown who will be the top two because the ranking GPAs of the top four are so close."

The top four students are Austin H. Minnich, Daniel O’Conor, Greta Weidemoyer, and Colby Weit.

Austin H. Minnich – Son of Gary and Melanie Minnich, 10 Village Drive, Lititz. He will be attending Lebanon Valley College. The topic of his speech is "Finding Motivation in the World Around You."

Daniel O’Conor – Son of Thomas and Nancy O’Conor, 837 Ballstown Road, Lititz. He will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. The topic of his speech is "Service."

Greta Weidemoyer – Daughter of Jim and Lisa Weidemoyer, 101 E. Sixth St., Lititz. She will be attending Lebanon Valley College. The topic of her speech is "Moving Forward."

Colby Weit – Son of Dr. Scott and Beverly Weit, 28 Windsor Lane, Lititz. He will be attending Virginia Tech.

The church is located at 1051 Landis Valley Road. Each student receives five tickets for family and friends to attend in the main hall. Additional seating is available for non-ticketed friends and family in the adjoining room at the facility, where a live-feed will be broadcast on a large screen in the room. The live feed will also be available on the district website (warwicksd.org) that night. Family members can also purchase a DVD of the event.

Baccalaureate/Reflections will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m., in the WHS Performing Arts Center. This is a student-run event.

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