Daniel Boone High School grads urged to ‘stand out’

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jesi Yost

For the first time, dec­o­rated mor­tar­boards topped sev­eral of the grad­u­ates dur­ing Daniel Boone Area High School’s com­mence­ment cer­e­mony held on Fri­day, June 8.

Daniel Boone stu­dents cam­paigned for the school to per­mit the class to en­hance their grad­u­a­tion caps. Po­lit­i­cal science teacher Sue Ful­mer ex­plained “stu­dents were al­lowed to em­bel­lish their caps with fu­ture plans or thank you mes­sages.”

Syd­ney Kunkel — who be­decked her cap in two parts, half cel­e­brat­ing her time at Daniel Boone and half for her fu­ture plans at Ship­pens­burg Univer­sity with a scale to rep­re­sent her planned ma­jor, crim­i­nal jus­tice — said “Dec­o­rat­ing our caps was a great op­por­tu­nity for us to show our in­di­vid­u­al­ity and show every­one what we want to do with our lives. I was ex­cited to be able to put for­ward my artis­tic abil­i­ties in show­ing peo­ple my fu­ture.”

Dec­o­rated caps in­cluded quotes, pho­tos, flow­ers and farewell mes­sages.

One stu­dent cov­ered his cap en­tirely with Red­ner’s Mar­ket ‘paid stick­ers.’ Emily Dl­hopol­sky dec­o­rated her mor­tar board in honor of her career path — to be­come a state trooper.

Most caps, how­ever dis­played plans for the fu­ture; schools rep­re­sented in­cluded: Rose­mont Col­lege, Berks Career and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Get­tys­burg Col­lege, Cal­i­for­nia Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Ship­pens­burg Univer­sity, Nurs­ing School, Alver­nia Univer­sity, Wi­dener Univer­sity, Kutz-

town Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Tampa, Blooms­burg Univer­sity, Saint Joseph’s Univer­sity, Clar­ion Univer­sity, West Ch­ester Univer­sity, Delaware Val­ley Univer­sity, and of course Penn State.

Be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tion of di­plo­mas and the tas­sels on the adorned caps were moved from the right side to the left, Prin­ci­pal Pre­ston McKnight quoted Wil­liam Ernest Hen­ley: “It mat­ters not how strait the gate, How charged with pun­ish­ments the scroll, I am the mas­ter of my fate, I am the cap­tain of my soul.”

Daniel Boone School District Su­per­in­ten­dent James Harris re­marked to the grad­u­ates, “Tonight you say good­bye to teach­ers, friends, and fa­mil­iars,” and urged stu­dents to “take plea­sure in your achieve­ments,” and to “push your­selves to do bet­ter.”

Bradley DeMild, third hon­ors, urged his class­mates “Don’t waste time try­ing to fit in ... stand out.”

Sa­lu­ta­to­rian Ju­lia Bu­lafka ended her speech by telling her class­mates: “I’m grate­ful to have known all of you.”

Vale­dic­to­rian Jor­dyn Markle re­cited the class motto: “Do not go where the path may lead, go in­stead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emer­son.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Daniel Boone High School class of 2018 en­ters the sta­dium Fri­day even­ing for the start of com­mence­ment ex­er­cises.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Syd­ney and Kayla Kunkel are part of the class of 2018 at Daniel Boone High School.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone High School grad­u­ated 277 se­niors on Fri­day even­ing.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Christo­pher Rulli stands for ac­knowl­edg­ment of stu­dents in the mil­i­tary dur­ing Daniel Boone High School’s com­mence­ment cer­e­mony on Fri­day even­ing.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

For the first time, Daniel Boone stu­dents were per­mit­ted to dec­o­rate their grad­u­a­tion caps.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The na­tional an­them is per­formed by the Daniel Boone Area High School Choir grad­u­at­ing se­niors at the start of Fri­day’s cer­e­mony.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone se­nior Luis Bar­rales Jr. shows his grad­u­a­tion cap, dec­o­rated with Rose­mont Col­lege, where Bar­rales will be at­tend­ing in the fall.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vale­dic­to­rian Jor­dyn Markle, Bradley DeMild, Third Hon­ors, and Sa­lu­ta­to­rian Ju­lia Bu­lafka spoke to their fel­low grad­u­ates on Fri­day even­ing dur­ing Daniel Boone High School’s com­mence­ment.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Class of 2018 pres­i­dent Joshua Heffner re­ceives his diploma from Daniel Boone High School Prin­ci­pal Pre­ston McKnight.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Daniel Boone Area High School’s Class of 2018’s flower is a mini sun­flower.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Erin Coughenour, Eliz­a­beth Cote, Kait­lyn Cooper and Jes­sica Con­fer pre­pare to cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion from Daniel Boone High School on Fri­day.

JESI YOST — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Twins Abby and Emily Dl­hopol­sky dis­play their dec­o­rated mor­tar boards. The sis­ters were part of Daniel Boone High School’s class of 2018.

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