Glenelg grads have head start on life 1994 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

June 01, 1994|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer

Parents, relatives and friends shifted about uncomfortably in their seats in the Glenelg High School auditorium last night.

Then most gave up wondering whether Principal James T. McGregor was serious and began to get closer to the person next to them, and stared, eyeball to eyeball.

"When you look close enough, you can see yourself," he told them, and the black-gowned young men and red-gowned young women who were about to graduate.

The 248 graduates are all going out into a world that is very different from the one they knew in school, "a world in trouble," Mr. McGregor said.

"Each of you is going to have to contribute something to it, and you're going to have to think big."

But the Glenelg High School Class of 1994 had already started making its contribution, he said later, after the diplomas were awarded, the caps flew, balloons burst and cheers filled the hall.

"They are, overall, a very giving and generous group," he said as the last few students and family members milled out of the auditorium. "This was the class that was responsible for that helmet law. It was this class, when at Glenwood [Middle School], when they started pushing for that.

The landmark law requiring county bicyclists to protect themselves with helmets was the result of the Oct. 12, 1989, cycling death of Chris Kelly, who would have graduated last night.

But there will be other challenges, and a very different world to look forward to, warned the commencement speaker, Kevin Cowherd, a columnist for The Evening Sun.

"Sure there are great challenges facing us today -- challenges having to do with the economy, with race, with the environment, among others -- but we'll meet them with the same resolve used to overcome all the challenges of the past. . . .

"Actually, the best advice I can give you graduates is: Don't listen to advice -- at least not from people who don't care about you. The people who really care about you are your parents, your brothers and sisters, your relatives and close friends. Listen to them when they speak. Seek out their counsel . . . these are the people you want to consult when making important decisions."

Outside after the ceremony, Marguerite Rupsis, 18, of Lisbon, huddled with her fellow graduates. "We feel good!" she shouted, prompting her friends to blast a chorus of "We feel good, oh, we feel so GOOD!"


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