'North Penn will always be a part of you'
North Penn High School graduates 973
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.”
Hynes watches seniors embrace at close of the
Seniors enter Crawford Stadium for North Penn High School’s commencement ceremony.