North Carroll students, parents rejoice at graduation Class of 1993 is called 'outstanding'

June 22, 1993|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer

"This was truly an outstanding class," said Principal Gregory C. Eckles as of the North Carroll High class of 1993, which graduated at ceremonies Sunday at Western Maryland College.

Of the 263 young men and women cheered by family and friends, many already had received certificates for special achievement and 40 students had been placed on the honor roll for 16 consecutive semesters. More than half the class, 160 students, had been admitted to two- or four-year colleges.

Smiling under red and white mortarboards, each armed with a diploma and a handshake, the graduates stepped into a future that seemed to promise success.

Success was the keynote of the address given by Lloyd Ford, a North Carroll social studies teacher who also taught psychology and coached the girl's basketball team. The student body had selected him to speak.

"Each of you has the responsibility of being a success," Mr. Ford said. "Will it be a burden or a badge to wear proudly?"

He told the graduates that now they would learn the "three R's of adulthood: responsibility, reliability and rent."

"Your greatest responsibility to those around you is to be successful," he continued. "Don't let the achievements be a sign of relief, but a pause for celebration."

The class gave a standing ovation to the final words of his speech: "Make the uncommon delightful and admirable. Be someone's hero. Keep a sense of accomplishment and a true sense of self. You will wear badge after badge after badge."

Five students were presented the Balfour Key, awarded annually to the top-ranking scholars who exemplify character, loyalty and service to the school. Dr. Eckles said the award usually is presented to one student, but this was 'a very unusual year." The five had maintained 4.0 grade-point averages and were cited for their creative accomplishments.

The five are Kristen Bolster, a vocalist, dancer and member of the North Carroll Choral Ensemble; Francine Hewes, recognized throughout Carroll County and the state for athletics; Rebecca Jones, a musician and drum major for the North Carroll Marching Band; Jennifer Lee Miller, a musician in the North Carroll Band; and Sara Simantel, who is accomplished in creative writing.

Attending graduation day has been a tradition for the Lare family for three generations. Watching her fourth grandchild, Michelle "Shelli" Lare, graduate, Mary Alice Lare recalled her own graduation at Hampstead School in 1941.

"That was when the school had 11 grades. I had 29 kids in my class," she said. Some 30 years later, when her children, including Shelli's mother Debra Lare, began graduating from North Carroll High, the eldest Mrs. Lare was graduated with a master's degree in library science from Rosary College in Chicago.

She's never missed a family graduation, including her own. "And I got my tassel to prove it," she said.

Jennifer McGee was watching her daughter, Stacia, march a smooth path from high school vocational study to career woman as a cosmetologist. Stacia had begun working several months ago. Wistfully, she said of her daughter, "You just turn around, and they're gone."

"I can relax for a while now," said Patricia Kalkbrenner, whose son, Edward, plans to study commercial art in York, Pa. "He's my last one. When you put five [children] through [school], you become a fossil. Next are my grandchildren. In 16 more years I can do it again."

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