Witmer earns valedictorian title for Manheim Central’s class of 2015

By on June 10, 2015

Each member of Manheim Central High School’s class of 2015 has attained some type of success, big or small, but valedictorian Brooke Witmer reminded her classmates to acknowledge the encouragement and support from those who have been there every step of the way.

“Let us be thankful for the solid ground under our feet and for the blessing of those who form the foundation of our success,” Witmer said. “When we joyfully give thanks, optimism permeates our lives.”

On their way to their big day! (Photos by Brian Leid)

On their way to their big day! (Photos by Brian Leid)

As the focal point of the evening, the 235 graduates, dressed head-to-toe in red, took their seats on stage before an eager audience at the LCBC church in Manheim.

The recipient of the Baron Von Stiegel award for scholarship, leadership and character, Laura Noll, told her classmates that people are remembered for their character rather than their successes.

“My challenge for our class tonight is that as we pursue these dreams, we don’t get so caught up in our desire for wealth or the tangible successes that we in turn start to disregard the importance of our character,” Noll said.

She commemorated the determination and positive character exemplified by two classmates who passed away – Seth Good and Logan Crills. Two single white roses were placed on the stage in their memory.

Alyssa Caplinger, Kayla Smith, Smita Groff and Kari Lutz

Alyssa Caplinger, Kayla Smith, Smita Groff and Kari Lutz

She quoted John Hays Hammond who said, “Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.”

“Redefine the definition we have of success so that the level of our success is proportionate to the quality of our character,” Noll said.

Student speaker Logan Kready opened his speech with a quote from rapper Mac Miller, “People change and things go wrong, but just remember life goes on.”

He said the graduates haven’t let difficult times define them, but instead they allowed those events to mold them into becoming more capable people.

“The way we react to certain circumstances or obstacles decides whether we progress or not in life,” Kready said. “I encourage you to not dwell on the past but remember all the great memories you made.”

Manheim Central’s class of 2015 held commencement exercises Tuesday night at LCBC.

Manheim Central’s class of 2015 held commencement exercises Tuesday night at LCBC.

One member of the Class of 2015 was unable to attend the ceremony – Blaine Adams was recently injured in a serious car accident. Principal Jeffrey Hughes wished him a full and speedy recovery.

Class valedictorian is Brooke Witmer, salutatorian is Brianna Beiler, the Baron Von Stiegel Award recipient is Laura Noll and the Rick Hershey Unsung Hero Award recipient is Nathan Siegrist.

Kelsey Thomasson is an LNP intern. She welcomes reader feedback at kthomasson@lnpnews.com.

Destyni Goss and Austen Hochstetter pose for a picture befroe Manheim Central's graduation.

Destyni Goss and Austen Hochstetter pose for a picture befroe Manheim Central’s graduation.

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