Howard High graduates cite diversity 1994 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

June 01, 1994|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer

Howard High graduates will be well prepared to cope with the world because they have learned to tolerate different cultures, styles and beliefs at the "melting pot of a school," said the keynote student speaker at last night's graduation ceremony for 275 seniors.

"Diversity sets us apart and makes us different from other graduating seniors," Amanda Holbrook told a packed auditorium the Ellicott City school.

She said Howard High seniors have learned to respect their classmates' varied styles, such as taste in clothes and music, and to value freedom of expression borne of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the classrooms.

"We are ready to go out and use our talents, skills and gifts to give to the world, and make it more like Howard High," said Ms. Holbrook, a Distinguished Scholar finalist and National Honor Society member.

Students and faculty members delivered lighthearted addresses and reflections that stirred laughter in the audience, in line with the class motto that reads, "If you can laugh at it, you can live with it." Enlai Weng joked about how snow days never occurred on the day of a big test, and about how going out for lunch often was a recipe for trouble.

But he and Kerri Knighten, who traded recollections of the

wisdom they have gleaned from Howard High, agreed that "above all, we have learned that we still have a lot to learn."

The speakers mixed levity with emotional farewells and a sprinkling of advice. Guidance counselor David Glenn, who delivered the keynote faculty address, advised the students simply to "do what you feel is best for you" in their search for success. He said he followed that route and now is "doing exactly what I dreamed of doing" in working as a guidance counselor.

Principal Eugene L. Streagle Jr. told the students to "never give up, miracles happen every day. You have to learn to listen because opportunity talks, but often not very loudly."

He joked that the rules after high school are similar to those in kindergarten: "Play fair; don't take things; clean up your mess; say sorry when you hurt someone; flush."

On a serious note, he asked the students to find their relatives after the ceremony, "look them square in the eye, and say, 'Thank you, and I love you very much.' "

School board member Deborah D. Kendig said graduation signals a time of sadness and happiness, but perhaps above all, a feeling of relief and an opportunity to make independent decisions.

"The last 12 years have given you an advantage. Use it and use it well. Let's get to work," she said.

1994 HOWARD GRADUATES

Christy Marie Abbott

Michael Abrams

Stephanie Brooke Airington

James William Alberding

Matthew Garrett Allen

Michael Anthony Alvarez

Brent M. Anderson

Lanisha L. Anderson

Tarsha Renee Anderson

Gianpaolo Antonio Baglione

Shannon Marie Bagrosky

Kelly Michele Bailey

Jonathan Benjamin Bakst

Christopher John Baldwin

Cheryl Elizabeth Banach

James Andrew Baran

Joel Andrew Barkin

Lauren Amanda Berodt

Lee Jordan Biars

Amy Gail Blanchfield-Justice

Jason Eric Blum

Curtis Raymond Bly

Kimberly Dawn Booker

Nathaniel Walker Bourne

Joann Bova

Shelley Jean Bowling

Jan-Michael Braunschweiger

Danika Leah Briggs

Wendy Michelle Brodsky

Michael David Brown

Susan Olivia Burgee

Sakia Izora Burnett

Brian Diablo Bush

Brenda Joy Butler

Sharon Elisabet Cains

Nicole Delores Campo

Jennifer Lynn Canoles

Terrell Ramont Carroll

Jennifer Caryl Cavanaugh

Sonia Chadha

Christopher Patrick Chambers

Kurtis Cordell Chambers

Donna Anna Chapelsky

Melissa Anne Chatham

Stuart Chester

Hyang Hee Choi

Joo Hee Choi

Gara Mia Cole

Sean Paul Coleman

Stacy Denise Combs

Amy Louise Coster

Gabriel Michael Cronin

Christopher Paul Crouse

Jacy Andrew D'Aiutolo

Kevin Daniels

Tamara Alissa Daniels

Tyson Mourice Daves

John Micheal Davidson

Melvin Eugene Davis

Holly Day

Karla Jane DeGrafft

Rebecca Anne Dennis

Melissa Ann Doherty

Christina Marie Donohue

Stephen Michael Drieslein

Michelle Ann Duffy

Amy Marie Dunn

Jason Thomas Edwards

Seth Austin Eldridge

Brian Christopher Elphage

Patrick William Emery

Eduardo Andres Encina

Chentell Renee Ensey

Samuel Joseph Falise III

Justin Robert Falk

Melanie Beth Feinman

Elena Fernandez Sainz

de la Torre

Juan Antonio Figueroa

Carlton Lamont Fox

Jennifer Eve Fox

Sean William Frank

Breck Christopher Frazer

Paul Gregory Frazer

Lauren Lee Fultz

Michelle Lee Geyer

Amanda Jean Giles

Amy Lynn Gloss

Rebecca Ann Gloss

Mark Edward Godfrey

Alicia Catherine Gomes

Catherine Margaret Gorman

Aaron Jay Graf

Alexandria Carla Green

Ramsey Lewis Green

Martina Green

Adam N. Greenfield

Christopher Lee Hall

Mia Marie Hall

Jason Marshall Hammock

Smitha Hanumaiah

Michelle Lynn Harding

Temeka Shalonda Harley

Leslie Celeste Harmon

Joseph Charles Harper Jr.

Tamara Lacole Harris

Gwendolyn Renee Harrison

Mark Gotthard Harrison

Kelli Elizabeth Hay

Charles Clarence Hayen III

Joseph Sean Hensley

Sonya Hermanson

Rebecca Michele Hersh

Amanda Jane Holbrook

Andrew Larry Holloway

Victor Joseph Holzinger

John Allen Hunt

Norma Emily Hurley

Linda Anne Hutchinson-Riddle

Reginald Anthony Jameson

Jacqulyn Yvette Jeffries

Kathy Jenkins

Kelly Marie Jenkins

Veronica Chaunelle Joe

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