Class of '93 honored


June 18, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer

The four graduates in the Class of 1993 at the Carroll County Education Center entered the packed gym to the strains of Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance," performed by the East Middle School sixth-grade band.

Down the aisle they came: Bryant Maurice Boulware, Jennifer Lynn Doyle, Suzanne Renee Evans and Marcus Oliver Taylor. Another graduate, Robert Hollis Smith, was represented by his teacher.

The girls wore white gowns, and the boys deep-blue robes. All were proud of the gold "CCEC Class of 1993" pins they wore.

County Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy told the excited graduates, "It's been a long time since I've had children graduate, and for the next hour I'd like to adopt you so I can share in the joy of your accomplishments."

As broad smiles came across their faces, he said, "When the Lord took something away, he gave something else in good measure. I'm so very proud of you."

In her address to the graduates and the crowd of relatives and friends, Robin Farinholt, principal of the special education school, said, "This is the most diverse class ever to have graduated from the Carroll County Education Center.

"Today, we recognize and celebrate your achievements and the continual lessons that you offer your teachers, assistants, therapists and all members of our school community.

"You have taught us to be patient, to keep trying, to be courageous and brave, to find pleasure from small things, to look within ourselves for the power to create and try new things, to be kind and gentle, [that] one failure can be the beginning of the next success. . . . "

Brian Lockard, deputy school superintendent, and Dorothy Mangle, director of elementary schools, presented Neil Sarsfield of Westminster Burger King, Susan Placek of Leggett Department Store, Bob Shoemaker of Chick-fil-A, Misty Main of Cranberry Mall Roy Rogers, Patricia Hawse of Goodwill Industries, and Jennifer DeArmey and Michael Grossnickle of the Carroll County Farm Museum with certificates in recognition of their efforts to provide employment opportunities to the school's graduates.

The graduates have found employment at CHANGE Inc. or Goodwill Industries. One, Suzanne Evans, will work at Goodwill as a cashier until she begins college.

"I plan to enroll in college in the fall of 1994," she said. "And I'd

like to someday be a special education teacher and work with the Native American handicapped on a reservation."

Her career dreams, she said, were influenced by Michael A. Dorris' book, "Broken Chord," the story of a special education teacher working on an Indian reservation.

As her teacher was fixing her mortar board, Suzanne looked at the floor and said, "I'm gonna cry."

After the diploma presentation, soloist Christine Doyle sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" and dedicated it to her sister, Jennifer Lynn Doyle.

And as the lyrics "Did I ever tell you you're my hero. . .?" floated through the stilled gym, many in the audience were moved to tears.

Then the new graduates marched away toward their new lives.

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