PETE BANNAN - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Interboro graduate Taylor Sharkey gets a kiss from classmate Dylan Godby commencemt exercises at Neumann University Tuesday evening. Godby has enlisted in the Marine's following graduation.
PETE BANNAN - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Interboro graduate Madison Hengey takes a contemplative moment before she and her 268 fellow classmates celebrated commencemt exercises at Neumann University Tuesday evening. hengey recieved the President's Award for Educational Excellence as well as the Interboro Education Teacher's Scholarship.
PETE BANNAN - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Interborohigh school Valedictorian Kaitlyn Klotz and Salutatorian Joseph Pitt enjoy a laugh following their speeches at graduation at Neumann University Tuesday evening.
269 seniors picked up their diplomas in the Mirenda Center at Neumann University Tuesday evening.
In his Salutatory address, Joseph Pitts urged his fellow graduates to put a 100% effort into everything they do in life and said he was sure the class of 2017 will leave their mark.
Valedictorian Kaitlyn Klutz said she was amazed that it seemed like just yesterday they were freshmen. “Leaving everything you know is daunting but is exciting, our future is bright," she said. “Remember the people who made high school experience so exciting.”
Superintendent Bernadette Reiley talked of following past graduates lives on social media and seeing their success in, law, music teaching and the military. She reminded graduates, "This is what you have been working for since kindergarten, choose any career path, the possibilities are endless. Take advantage when the opportunity comes your way.”
Perhaps the most memorable speech came from Physical education teacher Joseph Barrett, who has taught every grade K-12 in his career at Interboro School District. In his Charge to the Class, he said he’s come to know many of the seniors , some who he taught as far back as 4th grade.
“There are parallels between real life and the greatest PE game ever, dodgeball,” said Barrett. “Two teams, the goal is to survive and keep the team together.”
He pointed out that much as in life, there are four types of players in dodgeball; risk takers, those who rush in the action; the patient player, who lays back and get a feel for the game; retreaters, who fall back from the action and finally the complainers.
“Life has all of these players. Which one will you be?” Barrett asked.
In dodgeball you can always get back in the game and life is the same way.” but he urged graduates not to be the complainer or quit.
“It’s life, have a ball,” he urged.