Graduates urged to take time out for daily laugh CARROLL COUNTY EDUCATION

June 21, 1993|By Michelle D. Hoffman | Michelle D. Hoffman,Contributing Writer

It was a red, white and blue letter day at Western Maryland College Saturday for graduates of Francis Scott Key High.

Approximately 2,000 friends and family members cheered the class of 160 in the college's Gill Physical Education Learning Center.

A break with tradition occurred when all the students who earned perfect, 4.0 averages made this a five-valedictorian class.

Anthony Becker, Christy Boesler, Linda Brown, Robin Carroll and Class President Shane Schaffer led the class procession and received medallions during the ceremony.

Thirty-three community groups presented awards to students at the school, and 20 more departmental awards were given to Francis Scott Key seniors.

Bruce Cowan, supervisor of physical education and a previous assistant principal at Key, delivered the graduation address.

urged the graduates not to take themselves too seriously.

"Most people who take themselves seriously are not taken seriously by others," Mr. Cowan said. "Is it more important to get the job done, or to know who is in charge?"

He urged the students to think wisely about their life choices be

cause, "What's important today is forgotten tomorrow."

He also asked them not to make excuses for poor efforts in life.

And, ultimately, "try to enjoy every day," Mr. Cowan said. "Promise yourselves to set aside time every day to have a good laugh. Learn to help and comfort each other through the bad times and always treasure the good times."

The band, directed by Dennis Davis, and the chorus, directed by Richard Shoemaker, provided entertainment. Choral selections "One Moment in Time" and "This is the Moment" were sung by front-row Senior Chorus members, who smiled while seeming to fight back tears.

The school's student newspaper, the Eagle Eye, headlined its final paper of the year "Class of '93: One Last Goodbye to FSK."

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