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PRESS PHOTOS BY JERRY AND LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKIColin Hawk was among the 103 members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2017 who received diplomas Monday, presented by school board President Penny Hahn and district Superintendent Robert Spengler. PRESS PHOTOS BY JERRY AND LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKIColin Hawk was among the 103 members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2017 who received diplomas Monday, presented by school board President Penny Hahn and district Superintendent Robert Spengler.
It was a happy, tearful moment as graduate Jessica Hanna was greeted by her father, Rodney, at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony. It was a happy, tearful moment as graduate Jessica Hanna was greeted by her father, Rodney, at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.
Celebrating with graduates Jonathan Dweck and Antonio Castaneda are, from left, Bradley Panto, Shane Brader and, in front, Oscar Cordon. Celebrating with graduates Jonathan Dweck and Antonio Castaneda are, from left, Bradley Panto, Shane Brader and, in front, Oscar Cordon.
Student speakers at commencement included, from left, valedictorian Andrew Verenna, Allyson Kovach and salutatorian Cody Walker. Student speakers at commencement included, from left, valedictorian Andrew Verenna, Allyson Kovach and salutatorian Cody Walker.
Before the ceremony, Selina Salloum assists Tyler Youssef with his mortarboard. Before the ceremony, Selina Salloum assists Tyler Youssef with his mortarboard.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JERRY WOJCIECHOWSKIGraduate Nicholas Romig gets many hugs and congratulatory greetings from loved ones, from left, Alyssa Diaz, Rebecca Master, Joan Romig and Ronald and Susan Master. PRESS PHOTOS BY JERRY WOJCIECHOWSKIGraduate Nicholas Romig gets many hugs and congratulatory greetings from loved ones, from left, Alyssa Diaz, Rebecca Master, Joan Romig and Ronald and Susan Master.
Students move their mortarboard tassels, signifying they are officially graduates, during commencement ceremonies. Students move their mortarboard tassels, signifying they are officially graduates, during commencement ceremonies.

CHS Class of 2017 graduates 103

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski lwojciechowski@tnonline.com in Local News

‘It is our responsibility to better the world around us as well as ourselves’

Tears of joy were seen on the faces of graduates and their parents as 103 members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2017 participated in commencement services Monday in the school gymnasium.

Salutatorian Cody Walker spoke about experiences that class members have shared during early school years, including field trips, plays he said students were “forced to put on” every year and “the sixth-grade fiesta where we had to, unfortunately, dance together.”

His memories of high school were of close friendships forming as students participated in spirit week competitions, athletics, dances and other school activities.

“We will look back on these years and remember the good times we had with each other,” he said.

All four of the student speakers expressed praise and gratitude for the teachers who have worked with them since kindergarten.

Allyson Kovach was selected by the faculty to speak about the present.

She encouraged her classmates that while they are recalling fond memories and excited for their future plans, they should remember to “live in the moment.”

“We made it to today,” she said. “Just for a moment, forget about where you are attending in the fall. Take it all in one last time.”

Speaking about the future, valedictorian Andrew Verenna said, “After we all walk up on stage, grab our diplomas and walk out of this school for the very last time, we’ll be taking our first steps into adulthood and becoming the person we’ve always wanted to be.

“We have to push through to the unlimited amount of possibilities that will determine the outcome of our future,” he said. “It is our responsibility as citizens to better the world around us as well as ourselves.”

Anthony Martinez delivered the farewell address. He said his classmates are resilient, hardworking and willing to fight for what they believe in — traits they will take with them for successful futures.

Catasauqua High School Principal David Ascani said 42 of the 103 members of the Class of 2017 are planning to attend a four-year college or university. Thirty-one will attend a community college, and four plan to attend a trade or technical school. Three students will join the military service, while 11 are joining the workforce and eight have other plans or are undecided.

He congratulated Verenna and Walker and also presented Lamp of Knowledge Awards to the 16 students who earned honor roll status during all of their high school marking periods.

Superintendent Robert Spengler spoke to the students before presenting the diplomas, reminding them of what a blessing it is to come from a small, close-knit community and school.

“You have been well prepared,” he said.