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East Lycoming graduates 114

By Staff | Jun 9, 2015

PHOTO BY RUTH FRY/The Luminary After the commencement ceremony for East Lycoming School District, 114 seniors threw their caps into the air as they cheered their success for 2015.

HUGHESVILLE – Hughesville High School held their graduation outside on the football field at Hughesville on Friday, and they lucked out with a beautiful sunset over the ceremony.

The Hughesville High School band played while the graduates marched onto the field to Pomp and Circumstance Traditional.’

“It is indeed a beautiful evening for an absolutely incredible celebration,” said Michael Pawlik, superintendent.

Student council president of the 2015 graduating class, Megan Shaner, addressed her class in the first of the student speeches.

“My advice to you is always remember where you’ve come from, not to live in the past but to use it as we move forward. As the rainy days come, don’t be afraid to dance in the rain,” Shaner said.

PHOTO BY RUTH FRY/The Luminary Seniors await during commencement ceremony before receiving their diplomas at Hughesville High School's graduation Friday night.

Patrick Hiller gave the salutatory address. “Even though we didn’t win districts in football, or win states in baseball, or cure cancer, or solve world hunger or never pulled the senior pranks we talked about, I’m still extraordinarily proud to say I’m part of the Hughesville High School class of 2015,” Hiller said.

Benjamin Nesselrodt, valedictorian of the graduating class, joked that he would try to keep the “big words” to a minimum as a promise to Hiller.

“We did not necessarily chose how to get to this point (graduation), but now that we’re here, we get to choose where to go. Whether we join the work force, the military or go on to college, we all have an open door before us. We can, at this point more than any other point in our lives, choose to do something more with the time that has been given us,” Nesselrodt said.

“As we all move our tassels, let us also commit to do one last thing together … Let us decide to take the time and the gifts that have been given to us and rock this world,” Nesselrodt concluded.

Richard Michael, school board president, and Michele Beck, class adviser, awarded the diplomas to the graduates.

Ben Nesselrodt and Megan Shaner lead the recession after the graduation ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, the graduating class invited the crowd to join in the singing of the alma mater.

RUTH FRY/The Luminary Senior Amanda Shoemaker receives a hug from her mother after receiving her diploma at Hughesville's commencement ceremonies Friday night.