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Muncy High School celebrates 139th commencement

By Staff | Jun 5, 2019

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Students wait to receive their diplomas on Friday night, May 31st on the front lawn during Muncy High School’s graduation ceremony.

MUNCY – Sixty eight students were presented diplomas during the 139th Muncy High School graduation ceremony, Friday evening at 6 p.m. on May 31, 2019.

A procession from the high school building to the front lawn set the stage while students marched to Brahms theme by Haydn. Flowers were planted and colorful hanging baskets led to the front of the high school where each student was acknowledged.

Gianna Edkin sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and Tyler Sampsell introduced the top three seniors who each reflected on the Past, Present and the Future.

Jacob Sobjak started with “The Past” which he stated “shapes who we are as people. It defines us,” he said. “We can learn from events of the past.” He encouraged his classmates to accept the “drastic changes sculpting us into new people.” He spoke of memories and games and events of the past while in school and how everyone enjoyed the time there with one another. “Together we will move forward,” he concluded.

Taylor Bryson spoke of “The Present” and how “we have the power to change our own future, and choosing what we think will be best for ourselves.” He said that graduation is the beginning of the real world, and many fail to live in the present, in the moment. He spoke fondly of his teachers and recommended to focus on what is happening in daily life. “Live in the moment. We will never get back our time here at Muncy High School. Now is the present.”

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Valedictorian, Coleman Good, was the fifth in his family to graduate from Muncy High School.

Salutatorian Sabrina Barner spoke of “The Future.” She related the theme with a story of being on a boat on water and wondering about all the places it can take you. “Steady yourself and travel toward the future brimming with possibilities. Be confidentyou know you are the future. The water and the wind will guide you to your destiny.” Sabrina, who hopes to be a novelist someday, encouraged her class to welcome change and “a life truly your own.” She chose a quote from well known author on self-development, Wayne Dyer, who said, “You will not be stuck behind, unless you choose to be.” She will be attending Bucknell University majoring in neuro-science and creative writing

The last speaker was Valedictorian, Coleman Good who told his classmates to remember the special times forever they had together. He spoke of family values and was the fifth in his family to graduate from Muncy High School. “No one knows what changes, big or small, lie ahead,” said Coleman who received over six awards. “One thing is certain, our journey’s not over. I will remember the special times forever,” he concluded. “Number one is the fact that we are all here. Class of 2019, we have done it; we are graduating.”

Superintendent Dr. Craig Skaluba presented the diplomas and the ceremony ended with a recession to a “Time of Your Life”, their class song.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary The first to receive their high school diplomas during the 139th Muncy High School graduation are Coleman Good and Alexis Baranoski.