Graduation speakers offer words to live by


June 08, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"WHATEVER YOU do, choose wisely and have the best intentions in mind. Be considerate of others and live life to the fullest" is the advice Joann Wheatley offered to her fellow graduates during Liberty High School's commencement exercises Sunday afternoon at Western Maryland College, where she was one of two student speakers.

A series of books popular with middle school students was the inspiration for her address. "Choose Your Own Adventure" was her advice as she reflected on the choices one makes in life and the paths where those choices lead.

In deciding to speak to her classmates at graduation, Joann joked that she wanted "the final word."

Hofstra University in New York will be Joann's destination after she works during the summer. The daughter of Bob and Judy Wheatley, Joann plans to major in communications.

Nicole Vogel encouraged her fellow graduates during her address to "believe in yourself, trust your decisions and enjoy life. Reflecting on memories and looking toward the future without regretting the past were also important themes throughout her speech.

Nicole also auditioned for the privilege of addressing the LHS Class of 1999. "I wanted to basically encourage them, wish them well and give a piece of myself to them."

Nicole is the daughter of Bruce and Sharlene Vogel of Eldersburg and plans to major in education at Lynchburg College in Virginia after a summer of vacationing with family and working at Fairhaven.

Tom Delise, an English teacher at Liberty for the past 11 years, was chosen by students as the faculty speaker for the occasion. Delise linked the past and future using poetry in his comments to students.

The LHS Class of 1999 recognized nine valedictorians, the most in recent memory, during the commencement exercises. They were Jennifer Berarducci, Rachel Brelsford, Jennifer Bruce, Tara Euler, Matthew Kemm, Blair Kitchen, Jennifer Klein, Rebecca Mackert and Michelle Weber.

Of rodents and reading

Eldersburg Elementary School Assistant Principal Lisa Busher took one on the lips last week as pupils met their reading goal and Busher met the kindergarten's pet rat, Lilith, up close and personal for a brief kiss.

Eldersburg pupils and staff members began the program Reading Builds Character -- One Million Minutes of Reading on Feb. 1.

While striving to reach the 1 million mark, students earned incentives including bookmarks imprinted with Dino -- the school's mascot -- a gold medal hung from a green ribbon and a pizza party for each grade. But it was the kissing of the rat that caused the most excitement.

"I thought it was cool because I've never seen anybody else kiss a rat," said Hilary May, 8.

Hilary forgave Busher the bubble gum lips Busher wore as she planted one on the rat. According to Hilary, kissing a rat with one's own lips would be "too gross."

Pet show

Get Fido and Fluffy looking their best and bring them to Piney Run Park on Saturday for the annual Children's Pet Show.

Ribbons and trophies will be awarded in classes for dogs, cats and miscellaneous pets, including reptiles, rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, ferrets and small farm pets. All pets must be on leashes or in cages at all times. Cats and dogs must be at least 6 months old and have rabies shots. Children must be able to handle their own pets.

Registration begins at 12: 30 p.m., and show time is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee is 50 cents per pet.

For information, call the Nature Center at 410-795-6043.

Summer reading club

Head off the summer boredom before it begins by joining the Carroll County Public Library annual Summer Reading Club. Each branch offers the club for young readers now through Aug. 7.

Participants are eligible to enter weekly drawings for prizes throughout the summer. All reading club members and their families are invited to a celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum Aug. 7.

While you're signing up for the reading club today at the Eldersburg branch, look for the Oriole Bird from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Bird will be available for photos, so be sure to bring your camera.

Information: 410-795-3520.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/08/99

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