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.


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