Governor Mifflin class of 2014 “raps” up with graduation

News photo by Emily Thiel Tyler Hill, Darsol Deok and Samjeris Victor present their collective speech entitled "Conformity Lessens the Beauty of the World" for their graduation.
News photo by Emily Thiel "For Good" performed by Concert Choir Seniors during Governor Mifflin senior graduation 2014 held on Saturday, June 11. Soloists included Casey Synder, Johanna Swoyer, with Jonas Fiant on Piano.

Governor Mifflin High School graduated 265 students at their commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14 at the Santander Arena, Reading.

Between quoting the most esteemed cultural references like Mahatma Gandhi, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Tyler Hill, Darsol Seok and Samjeris Victor, the top three students of the class, entertained their classmates, faculty, family and friends with a graduation speech entitled “Conformity Lessens the Beauty of the World.”

“If you want to play tennis -- play tennis; if you want to play the flute -- play the flute and if you want to eat Oreos with peanut butter -- eat Oreos with peanut butter,” Samjeris Victor said.

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The speakers interacted with each other with the goal of inspiring their class not to conform and to “accept our interests and opinions” because “the only person who can truly define you, is you.”

The trio wrapped up their speech with some additional friends and a rehearsed rap, complete with beat-boxing, which brought the entire stadium of graduates and their loved ones to clap along. (For video of the rap, visit tout.com/southernberksnews or download Tout on your smartphone.) The group took a selfie together on stage with their graduating class in the background, to forever document the experience.

Governor Mifflin Concert Band led the processional and recessional of the ceremony, with Daniel Sinclair, treasurer of the class welcoming the guests and class.

The senior class presented the district with a gift of a mustang figure to represent their school mascot. With initiative to begin a new tradition, each year the senior class will paint the life-sized mustang as a way to visually represent their class spirit.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.