Three-hundred-and-eighteen Governor Mifflin students, along with hundreds of family members and friends, celebrated the graduation of the Governor Mifflin class of 2012 at the Sovereign Center Saturday, June 9. The boys in gold and the girls in maroon, the students solemnly entered the arena as high school students and left triumphantly as graduates.
Haydn Robert Curtis, vice president of the class of 2012 welcomed everyone, saying that getting to this point was 'not a solo act,' giving credit to parents, teachers and friends and congratulating John Althouse for his first year as principal.
Corinne Nicole Mcbryan, secretary, and Jacquelyn Mary O'Leary, treasurer of the class of 2012 presented the class's gift to the district of a $500 scholarship, which will be given to a graduate of the class of 2013 in recognition of his or her commitment to perform community service work.
The scholarship was given in honor of Hamid Chaudhry, 'a local resident, parent, and business owner whose support of Governor Mifflin schools has provided a model of citizenship and philanthropy that inspires our students,' with the hope of starting 'a tradition of honoring community members for giving above and beyond to the district.'
The three students with the highest scholastic ranking – Jenna Bednar, Mohnton; Rebecca Kate Keenan, Mohnton; and Sara Suffrana Saidman, Mohnton - gave the graduation speech, 'Such Great Heights.' They took the class through their academic years from Kangaroo Club in Elementary school to pods at the intermediate school to establishing their own interests in middle school and, finally, to high school where they began to think about their futures.
They said that although they have faced countless challenges – some seemingly insignificant – everything they've accomplished made them who they are today and led them to this point. The girls finished by reminding the students, 'We have greater heights to attain.'
Amy Elizabeth Koch, president of the class of 2012, began the farewell message with a number – 928,800. She said that is the number of minutes they spent in the classroom from kindergarten through high-school. She ended with a quote from Winnie the Pooh (author A.A. Milne), 'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.'