'North Penn will al­ways be a part of you'

North Penn High School grad­u­ates 973

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme dia.com

R ebecca e McCabe, a se­nior at North Penn High H School, called ca grad­u­a­tion a bittersweet ex­pe­ri­ence. “I’m leav­ing the bub­ble I’ve been in for the past three years,” said McCabe, who plans to at­tend Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

“It’s been a safe haven. But now I’m start­ing a new chap­ter in my life, and I’m go­ing to meet new peo­ple.”

Tom Gray said he couldn’t be­lieve the day had ar­rived.

“I'm re­lieved it's fi­nally over,” said Gray, adding that he was be­gin­ning to come to grips with the fact that he’ll never see some of his class­mates again.

Ja­son Brown said the cer­e­mony’s one-day post­pone­ment, caused by in­clement weather, cost him a day of his va­ca­tion.

“I’m sup­posed to be at the beach right now,” said Brown, who has en­listed in the U.S. Marine Corps.

On June 19, at Craw­ford Sta­dium, the North Penn School Dis­trict awarded 973 high school diplo­mas to mem­bers of the Class of 2013.

“I have watched your tal­ents de­velop,” Prin­ci­pal Bur­ton Hynes said dur­ing the school’s 58th com­mence­ment. “You have set new stan­dards for fu­ture classes to reach.”

Vin­cent Sher­pin­sky, pres­i­dent of the North Penn School Board, con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates for “com­plet­ing a mile­stone of life.”

Sher­pin­sky chal­lenged the grad­u­ates to “pur­sue your dreams, re­mem­ber to in­vest in your­self and never for­get your roots.

“North Penn will al­ways be a part of you,” he said.

In the vale­dic­tory ad­dress, Li­jia Xie said suc­cess for the grad­u­at­ing se­niors would not be pos­si­ble with­out ex­ter­nal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Truly, all of our ac­com­plish­ments and achieve­ments are a prod­uct of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and tal­ent with which we are blessed, by luck or by God, and the ef­fort we pro­vide,” Xie said dur­ing his re­marks.

Ref­er­enc­ing a quote from Abra­ham Lin­coln, Xie thanked the teach­ers and men­tors, coaches and di­rec­tors, fam­ily and friends “who be­lieved in us. We are only here be­cause of you,” he said.

Jeanne Shi, the class saluta- to­rian, com­pared the goal of reach­ing one’s dream to paint­ing a blank can­vas as large as a football field: both can be over­whelm­ing.

The speech urged the grad­u­ates not to be afraid to fail.

“Fail­ures can lead to what you be­lieve is noth­ing, or to new be­gin­nings and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Shi said. “You never know. Ev­ery­thing mat­ters.”

Ref­er­enc­ing re­search by Mal­com Glad­well on the ori­gins of suc­cess, Shi said “ten thou­sand hours is the magic num­ber of great­ness.”

Alexan­dra Si­mon, pres­i­dent of the Class of 2013, en­cour­aged the grad­u­ates “to move for­ward in your lives with pas­sion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and love, in the hopes that some­day our paths may meet again.”

Prin­ci­pal Bur­ton

Hynes watches se­niors em­brace at close of the

cer­e­mony.

Se­niors en­ter Craw­ford Sta­dium for North Penn High School’s com­mence­ment cer­e­mony.

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