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Into the Future for 231 Upper Perk Grads
Written by Esther Mack, Correspondent

            Family, friends and faculty come together for Upper Perkiomen High School's graduation ceremony last Friday as 231 students received their diplomas.

            After the students walked into the gymnasium side by side, the women's choir sang the national anthem and the school's alma mater. Class president Atif Huq then came onto the stage to transition the assembly into the ceremony.

            The class of 2018's valedictorian, Natasha Carpenter, and salutatorian, Hope Flack, came on stage and spoke about the past and present. The entire class was reminded of old memories from the simple days of childhood and then slowly forwarded to the present day. From references to old teachers, class events, the school catching fire and everything in between, every single student was able to connect to the memories.

            Natasha reminded the class that, "While we have gained much knowledge throughout our years in Upper Perk, all we really need to know is what we have learned in kindergarten. So I encourage you to go back to the days of simplicity, when life was easy."

            Student speaker Catherine Montalvo's speech focused on what is to come in the lives of the graduates. She admitted that at first she struggled to find the right words to say when trying to compile her speech. But then it came to her, that no matter what she would say, each and every one of us were going to go on a different path that would take us to different endings. Each ending would be unique it its own way as the class set off in in various directions.

            Upper Perkiomen High School Principal Dr. Robert Carpenter provided attendees with the statistics for the Class of 2018. One hundred and three students are going to further their education in four to six  year college programs, nine students are enlisting in the military and over $500,000 in scholarships was won by the students.

            Superintendent Dr. Alexis McGloin's speech included, "What I am trying to say in my speech can be summed up in this class's class quote. Dr. Seuss' You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

            Finally, as each student received his/her moment of recognition and walked on stage one by one, Huq returned to the stage. He motioned for everyone to rise and led the moving of the tassel for the Class of 2018.

            Dr. Carpenter then announced, "Congratulations Class of 2018, you are now Upper Perkiomen High School graduates!"





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