Kent Is­land High School grad­u­ates 278

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVSI mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — De­signed caps, fam­i­lies cheer­ing and 278 se­niors were all present at the 19th com­mence­ment cer­e­mony at Kent Is­land High school on Fri­day, June 2.

The soon-to-be grad­u­ates pro­ceeded to their seats at the 50-yard line at the school’s sta­dium with the tune of “Pomp and Cir­cum­stance” by Ed­ward Edgar be­ing played by the high school band. Stand­ing through­out the area, par­ents, grand­par­ents, friends and neigh­bors yelled names and snapped pho­tos as their loved ones neared, like fans see­ing The Bea­tles pass by.

Prin­ci­pal John Schre­con­gost be­gan the recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony say­ing the nice weather on the evening proved what he had sus­pected for some time, that Mother Na­ture was a Buc­ca­neer.

Af­ter the singing of the Na­tional An­them by the band and choir ac­com­pa­nied by se­lect se­nior mem­bers of the both, as well as the in­tro­duc­tion of guests sit­ting on the stage, In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski ad­dressed the

blue- and white-gowned se­niors.

With the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of tech­nol­ogy now, Pil­weski said some­one can Google any­thing and find an an­swer, such as how to ask some­one on a date, or how to get your par­ents to give you money. How­ever, one thing that can’t be found through a quick Google search is pas­sion, nor can it be taught.

He en­cour­aged the stu­dents to use their pas­sion like “rocket fuel” and to re­mem­ber that if pas­sion is found, “your pro­fes­sion will find you.”

Bryn Sticker, Class of 2017 pres­i­dent, re­marked about how life is full of lists — playlists, shop­ping lists, birth­day lists — and de­cided to give out one more list: the grad­u­ate send-off list.

Show com­pas­sion and kind­ness to oth­ers; own your fail­ures and learn from them; seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity you get; play as hard as you work; share your tal­ents; and do epic were the items on Sticker’s guide.

Cameron Moye, co-sa­lu­ta­to­rian with Anam Shah, said the phrase, “it’s not how you fin­ish, it’s how you end,” might not ring true on grad­u­a­tion night, as he said ev­ery­one is go­ing to end the same: all will walk across the stage, re­ceive a diploma and grad­u­ate.

“So to­day is about how you fin­ish, be­cause while each of us is end­ing this chap­ter of our lives the same, we’ve all fin­ished in our own unique way,” Moye said. “To­day how you fin­ish is who you are. How you fin­ish is what makes you dif­fer­ent than the per­son sit­ting next to you.”

He said the unique­ness is what makes ev­ery­one great.

Shah thanked her par­ents for the work they had put in to al­low her to be on stage. She spoke about how, af­ter mov­ing from Crofton to Kent Is­land in mid­dle school, she shocked when it wasn’t palm trees and beaches. She said she was wor­ried about be­ing lonely, but what made this place home was the peo­ple.

She warned her peers that they were go­ing to fall down, as ev­ery­one does, but that it doesn’t mat­ter how many times they’re down as long as it is one less than the num­ber of times they get up.

Schre­con­gost said the role of high school prin­ci­pal is not al­ways easy, jok­ing how par­ents know how cre­ative the stu­dents can be, “for a school not just to sur­vive but thrive” needs a strong and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and the class. He said through the stu­dents’ daily ac­tions he knew he could trust them.

Not ev­ery stu­dent/prin­ci­pal re­la­tion­ship can sur­vive turn­ing a truck bed into a pool in the school park­ing lot, he said.

He said he looked for­ward to grad­u­a­tion day be­cause of the op­por­tu­nity it al­lowed to cel­e­brate them, to “guide you across the stage, shake your hands and wish you the best.”

Schre­con­gost said the stu­dents were pre­pared for the next stage in their lives and thanked them for the re­la­tion­ship, “the su­perb lead­er­ship, the ex­am­ple you set for the classes to come af­ter you.”

The Kent Is­land High School Choir, di­rected by Luke White­hair, sang an a cap­pella ver­sion of “Best Day of My Life” by Amer­i­can Au­thors.

As the stu­dents walked across the stage, fam­i­lies screamed, said how much they loved them and ex­pressed how proud they were.

Af­ter the tas­sels were turned and the band be­gan “Fan­fare and Flour­ishes,” the 278 se­niors that en­tered the sta­dium as stu­dents de­parted as grad­u­ates.

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Even the boys got in on cap dec­o­rat­ing for grad­u­a­tion this year at KIHS. Each de­sign showed some­thing unique about each stu­dent and their in­ter­ests. Pic­tured, from the left, se­niors Am­mad Butt, Cameron Moye, Nico Teti, Lo­gan Du­me­nil and Josh An­der­son.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Se­nior class of­fi­cers and stu­dent achiev­ers stand be­fore their class­mates, Fri­day evening, June 2, at Kent Is­land High School com­mence­ment. From the left, Vale­dic­to­rian Sa­man­tha Pauley, Co-Sa­lu­ta­to­ri­ans Anam Shah, and Cameron Moye, Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Pres­i­dent Sa­man­tha Ster­shic, and Class Pres­i­dent Bryn Stricker. Be­hind them at the podium, Prin­ci­pal John Schre­con­gost pre­pares to wel­come all who at­tended grad­u­a­tion.

With a big smile, grad­u­at­ing KIHS se­nior Allison Thierry re­ceives con­grat­u­la­tions as she car­ries her diploma from QACPS In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski, Fri­day evening, June 2, dur­ing the school’s com­mence­ment pro­gram.

A se­lected group of se­nior band and cho­rus mem­bers per­formed the Na­tional An­them un­der di­rec­tion of Luke White­hair, for­mer KIHS band direc­tor, now choral direc­tor at the school.

KIHS Choral Direc­tor Luke White­hair took his seat and en­joyed the per­for­mance of his choral group as they per­formed “Best Day of My Life” dur­ing com­mence­ment, Fri­day evening, June 2.

Se­nior Cather­ine Gast re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions from KIHS Prin­ci­pal John Schre­con­gost as she car­ries her diploma, Fri­day evening, June 2.

Se­nior Class Pres­i­dent Bryn Stricker told her class­mates, “Own your fail­ures and learn from them”, as part of her com­mence­ment mes­sage.

Co-Class Sa­lu­ta­to­rian Cameron Moye said, “To­day, is all about how you fin­ish!” His brief talk was about how unique each in­di­vid­ual is.

Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Pres­i­dent Sa­man­tha Ster­shic thanked many teach­ers for im­por­tant life lessons dur­ing her years at KIHS, es­pe­cially, “Al­ways keep your prom­ises!”

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