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627 graduate from CASHS and Career Magnet School

June 14, 2014

By Amber South, Public Opinion, Chambersburg, Pa.

June 14--School name: Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) and Chambersburg Career Magnet School (CMS)

Colors: Blue and white

Number of graduates: 627

Valedictorian: Bridget Mangan

Salutatorian: Mikayla Pellerin

Commencement speaker: Mangan and Class President Colten Elbel gave the main addresses

Program participants: CASHS Principal Buddy Chapel, Student Government President Kyle Mobrey, CMS Student School Board President Michelle Overcash, Chambersburg Area School District Board of Directors, CASHS Concert Band, CASHS JROTC, Senior Chorus, Superintendent Joe Padasak

Awards: No awards mentioned, but 88 students recognized in program for membership in National Honor Society


--Elbel shared that every day he would arrive at school in the parking lot across the street and look up at the stands where the graduates' friends and family were sitting, and think about what this moment would be like speaking at graduation..

--"Obstacles will stay obstacles until you persevere through them." -- Molbrey

--Molbrey said he and his classmates at CMS persevered through a new way of learning, with iPads.

--"We're an amazing class, and I say that with all the bias in the world." -- Mangan

--Pellerin told her class that it is time to trust in their own decisions. She advised them to be honest; understand that it is OK to not be liked; to not fear embarrassment; and do what makes them happy.

--"When life tells you (that) you can not, prove them wrong." -- Pellerin

Class facts: This class was the last to enter CASHS as sophomores, in 2011-12. The class also just achieved a rare Color Day three-peat, having won each of their three years competing. This was also the first graduation since CMS was established that its students were called up for their diplomas separately from their CASHS classmates.

Seen and heard:

--Graduation was delayed an hour due to rain.

--Each CMS student shook hands with CMS Principal Mark Long after they got their diplomas.

--The new graduates began tossing a few beach balls around right after all their names were called. Many more flew up a few moments later.

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