The Class of 2022, Wallenpaupack Area High School, garbed in uniform purple gowns and caps with white sashes, entered the next chapter in their lives June 17.
There were 252 graduates, and 243 attending commencement.
Class President Dane Watson commented: "We never know how fast a moment is till we make it a memory." Urging his classmates to try something new, he added, never forget their small town by the big lake. He remembered three of their classmates who died: Jonathan McDermott, Devin Nicewicz and Logan Gorsky.
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Valedictorian Lucas Macdonough reminded us to not let anyone make our goals seem insignificant. Always be kind when parting from someone. Quoting Rev. Joe Olsteen, he said, “When you keep God first place, he’ll take you places you never dreamed of.” Macdonough added, “Here I stand before you as living proof.”
Salutatorian Anastasia Ioppolo said change is constant. She survived her house being redecorated. The COVID pandemic abruptly ended their sophomore year.
“My advice to you today is when life takes a turn, you must look toward the positives and capitalize on them." She said. "Take every advantage you can find and allow yourself to make the most of any situation thrown your way.”
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This article originally appeared on Tri-County Independent: Wallenpaupack held commencement on June 17