Better late than never: MCHS graduates 232

By on June 15, 2016
Proceeding off the field after the ceremony, Lexy Rutt summed up the evening with a joyful gesture. (Photos by Alan Johnson)

Proceeding off the field after the ceremony, Lexy Rutt summed up the evening with a joyful gesture. (Photos by Alan Johnson)

 

Enthusiasm was in the air at Manheim Central High School’s graduation — even if it was a day later than planned.

The sun shone on the maroon caps and gowns of the 232 graduates as they quietly walked to their seats.

Charis Dinger, class president, welcomed the audience and introduced the Class of 2016. She stressed that “failure is inevitable,” but encouraged students to always keep trying.

 

Left to right) Erin Wee, Sierra Stoltzfus, and Charis Dinger, hug it out after the ceremony.  Dinger, the class president, gave a speech to welcome  the audience, and introduced the Class of 2016. She stressed that “failure is inevitable,” but encouraged students to always keep trying.

Left to right) Erin Wee, Sierra Stoltzfus, and Charis Dinger, hug it out after the ceremony. Dinger, the class president, gave a speech to welcome the audience, and introduced the Class of 2016. She stressed that “failure is inevitable,” but encouraged students to always keep trying.

 

High school Principal Jeffrey Hughes spoke about the Class of 2016, saying, “graduating is not an easy task … the members of this class excelled in their pursuits.”

He emphasized the feeling of family, commending the students on their work ethic and their participation in the community —  namely when more than 50 students showed up to set up for graduation Friday morning.

Valedictorian Anna Burkhart told students to remember where they came from and use it to their advantage.

Salutatorian Emily Stoltzfus emphasized the importance of choices, saying, “Make a conscious effort to serve and encourage those around you and make choices that benefit others.”

 

Barons Marching Band Drum Major Scott Johnson (left) spends a few last precious moments with his teacher and mentor, band director John Brackbill.

Barons Marching Band Drum Major Scott Johnson (left) spends a few last precious moments with his teacher and mentor, band director John Brackbill.

 

Assistant principals Joshua Wetzel and Christopher Fultz presented the seniors with awards and graduate honors, and Superintendent Norman Hatten congratulated the Class of 2016 with pride.

Class of 1993 alumnus Hwaen Ch’uqi, a world-renowned pianist, was the keynote speaker of the event. He took a humorous approach to his address, saying, “Congratulations, you’re freshman again.”

Ch’uqi told students that a key to being happy is “finding out who you are not.”

 

Stephanie Sauder is all smiles as she accepts her diploma.

Stephanie Sauder is all smiles as she accepts her diploma.

 

Growing up he was told that he was different: He lost his eyesight at the age of five. Eventually, he fell into a path of depression and self-hatred and even attempted to end his own life several times, he said.

But then he realized his inherent value when he thought about God and his beliefs in divine intervention.

 

Graduate Christian Smith poses for a selfie with parents  Gregg and Sheila Smith, and sister, Nia.

Graduate Christian Smith poses for a selfie with parents Gregg and Sheila Smith, and sister, Nia.

 

On that note, Ch’uqi encouraged the students to “find who you are not, and maintain your convictions … be flexible in the things that don’t compromise your values.”

Mickayla Miller is an LNP reporter. She welcomes your comments at mmiller@lnpnews.com.

 

2016 Homecoming Queen Chloe Phillips receives her diploma.

2016 Homecoming Queen Chloe Phillips receives her diploma.

 

A group of friends poses for a photo. The group includes: front row (left to right)  Erin Wee, Emma Beamesderfer, and Valedictorian Anna Burkhart; back row (l-r)  Lexy Rutt, Sierra Stoltzfus, Salutatorian Emily Stoltzfus, Jillian Wolgemuth, Charis Dinger, Stephanie Sauder, and Hannah Simon.

A group of friends poses for a photo. The group includes: front row (left to right) Erin Wee, Emma Beamesderfer, and Valedictorian Anna Burkhart; back row (l-r) Lexy Rutt, Sierra Stoltzfus, Salutatorian Emily Stoltzfus, Jillian Wolgemuth, Charis Dinger, Stephanie Sauder, and Hannah Simon.

 

MC Barons lineman DaShaun Neville is so excited he can’t stop smiling.

MC Barons lineman DaShaun Neville is so excited he can’t stop smiling.

 

The tossing of the mortarboards signals the end of high school and the start of adulthood for 232 Manheim Central High School graduates.

The tossing of the mortarboards signals the end of high school and the start of adulthood for 232 Manheim Central High School graduates.

 

 

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