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Sunday, November 17, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUNMembers of the Class of 2019 take their seats on stage at the start of Catasauqua Area School District’s commencement ceremony, held June 3 in the gymnasium of Catasauqua High School. PRESS PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RAPHUNMembers of the Class of 2019 take their seats on stage at the start of Catasauqua Area School District’s commencement ceremony, held June 3 in the gymnasium of Catasauqua High School.
Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug shares words of wisdom with the senior class. Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug shares words of wisdom with the senior class.
Mikaela Alleyne is all smiles after receiving her diploma. Mikaela Alleyne is all smiles after receiving her diploma.
Catasauqua High School Band members, led by director Robert Arnold, entertain the crowd during the June 3 commencement ceremony. Catasauqua High School Band members, led by director Robert Arnold, entertain the crowd during the June 3 commencement ceremony.
Salutatorian Madelyn Moussa delivers a farewell address to the graduates. Salutatorian Madelyn Moussa delivers a farewell address to the graduates.
Valedictorian Carter Weinhofer speaks about the past to his peers and those gathered for the ceremony. Valedictorian Carter Weinhofer speaks about the past to his peers and those gathered for the ceremony.
Graduate Cessca Burno and her family celebrate at the conclusion of the graduation program. Graduate Cessca Burno and her family celebrate at the conclusion of the graduation program.
Austin Tomcics and his family gather outside the high school. Austin Tomcics and his family gather outside the high school.
Carol Cunningham, Catasauqua Area School Board president, presents the night’s honored guests, the Class of 1969, of which she is a member. Carol Cunningham, Catasauqua Area School Board president, presents the night’s honored guests, the Class of 1969, of which she is a member.
Members of the Class of 1969 are in attendance, marking the 50-year anniversary of their own high school graduation. Members of the Class of 1969 are in attendance, marking the 50-year anniversary of their own high school graduation.

‘Do not forget where you came from’

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

Class of 2019 graduates take place as Rough Rider alumni

The Catasauqua High School gymnasium was buzzing with excitement June 3 as family and friends filed in to witness the graduation of the Class of 2019. About 100 students marched together to the familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Carter Weinhofer, valedictorian and class president, presented a speech on the past.

“These past few years were, in a word, indescribable,” he said.

He reminisced about their elementary and middle school years. He shared memories about book fairs, recess and other events. He mentioned that if time travel were possible, he would go back in time — not to change anything, but to watch himself and his classmates grow up together.

Amy Huber spoke on the present and talked about the transformations she and her peers have gone through.

“To live in the present requires cherishing the moment you are in,” she said.

Huber implored her classmates to take a moment together and appreciate that this would be the last time they would all be together as a group with their teachers and friends.

“We will say goodbye to Catasauqua High,” she said in an emotional moment.

Carol Cunningham, school board president, presented the class celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“I am a proud member of the Class of 1969,” she said.

Robert Spengler, Catasauqua Area School District superintendent, presented Cunningham with a small gift as a token of appreciation for her work in the district.

“She exemplifies what it means to be a Rough Rider,” he said.

CHS Principal Adam Schnug took a moment to thank the other school board members as well as the teachers and staff at the district schools. He recognized the teachers in the district who are retiring.

He shared a few words of wisdom with the senior class. He told them they will experience difficult moments in their lives.

“And when those tough times come, be a Rough Rider,” he said. “Be courageous.”

Jasmine Seritsky, class treasurer, presented the class gift to the high school — a water bottle filling station for the athletic hallway. Schnug said he was proud to accept the gift.

Hailey Baez spoke to the group about the future. She compared their diplomas to passports and informed her fellow graduates they can now go anywhere and do anything they want.

“Moving forward, our experiences will be exactly what we make of them,” she said.

Madelyn Moussa, class salutatorian, gave the farewell address to the students. She told her fellow graduates to appreciate their family, friends and classmates because they have been there and watched them grow into who they are today.

“Do not forget where you came from,” she told them.

Spengler told the students how proud he is of them and wished them luck in the future.

“Your future is bright,” he said.

After the presentation of the graduates, the senior chorus members led the rest of the class in the singing of the alma mater.

As is tradition, the graduates formed the Grand Catty Line. The Class of 2019 took a lap around the gymnasium and, led by Weinhofer, tossed their caps in the air for their final act together as a group.