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Boyertown High Class of 2024 graduates 510

The Boyertown Area Senior High School Class of 2024 celebrated graduation at Santander Arena in Reading on Thursday, May 30.

“We hope that each student graduating in this room tonight will go through life with passion, purpose, perseverance and joy,” Hannah Ulrich, class public relations officer, said during the class invocation. “As we move into this next chapter of our lives, grant us clear minds, healthy bodies and eager hearts.”

Jared Sparks, building principal, said to the 510 graduates: “Tonight is your night. Tonight is your culminating moment, the result of your hard work and reflection of a supportive learning community.”

Boyertown's 510 graduates of the Class of 2024 celebrated their graduation at Santander Arena in Reading on Thursday, May 30. (Photo courtesy of Alison M. Moyer, Boyertown Area School District)
Boyertown’s 510 graduates of the Class of 2024 celebrated their graduation at Santander Arena in Reading on Thursday, May 30. (Photo courtesy of Alison M. Moyer, Boyertown Area School District)

Valedictorian Mary Leshinskie said the future holds many roads to follow. At the end of their road, she said they would question if they had lived their lives to the fullest and taken advantage of all the world’s possibilities in order to have a memorable life.

“The world that we live in today is ever expanding and, while confusing and frustrating at times, contains a lot of opportunities, a lot of possibilities, and you need to take advantage of them,” Leshinskie said.

Her advice to the graduates is that they only live once, so take that road trip, follow their passion, build that business of their dreams, ride the scary roller coaster and buy themselves flowers.

“Take detours, side roads and back roads on your road life to make the journey more enjoyable,” said Leshinskie. “While this scenic route may not be the fastest one, I guarantee you that it will be the most worthwhile.”

Leshinskie said years and years of work lie ahead, but it doesn’t have to end in exhaustion, defeat and regret.

“All of you, at this point in your life, have infinite possibilities,” she said. “Chase the ones that will bring you the most joy.”

Salutatorian Lexy Bacino said the Class of 2024 experienced things that past generations would have never fathomed.

Referring to the courage, wisdom and power represented in the characters in “The Legend of Zelda” Nintendo video game series of her youth, she said, “Our courage may not be used to save a kingdom, but it has been utilized in the more mundane,” including re-entering society after pandemic isolation and starting at a school twice the size the one they left.

“Graduating didn’t come easy. Each one of us has had to go through some tough trials,” Bacino said.

Boyertown Salutatorian Lexy Bacino said the Class of 2024 experienced things that past generations would have never fathomed. (Photo courtesy of Alison M. Moyer, Boyertown Area School District)
Boyertown Salutatorian Lexy Bacino said the Class of 2024 experienced things that past generations would have never fathomed. (Photo courtesy of Alison M. Moyer, Boyertown Area School District)

In Zelda, when you fail a level, a screen flashes with the bold words, “Game Over,” yet you are able to hit continue and try again, she said.

“These trials we have faced — things like failing a test or losing a big championship game — don’t signify an end. Each time you fail, it seems like game over but just like a game goes on, life does, too,” said Bacino.

“You move forward with the wisdom and knowledge you gathered with each attempt,” she added.

Offering advice, Bacino said: “You have the power to be the hero in your own life. Take the journey that will have you walking a path that leads you to your own vision of success, not someone else’s vision for you.”

In her final words to her classmates, she said: “Let graduation be the prelude to your own life and let it be the first destination on your adventure map.”

In his farewell speech, class president Joseph Kummerer said their journey was not always smooth; it was filled with many twists and turns, setbacks and failures. He wanted to celebrate not just their achievements but also their mistakes and failures.

“Failing is the way we learn, it is through our errors that we discover our true strengths, our resilience and capability to improve,” he said.

Kummerer advised that the Class of 2024 carry all of the lessons from their mistakes and failures with them.

“Remember, life is not a straight path; it is filled with ups and downs, success and failures,” he said. “Embrace each moment. Learn from every experience. And, remember that every failure is not an end but is a new beginning. Failure is a chance to start a new journey to try again and to grow.”

In his final words to the class, Kummerer said: “Let’s dare to fail, dare to try and dare to fail better every time.”

Boyertown Superintendent Marybeth Torchia said this is a day that marks not just the end of one chapter but the beginning of a new and exciting journey.

“As I look out at all of you, I see not just graduates but future leaders, innovators and change-makers who will shape our world in ways we can only begin to imagine,” she said.

Torchia said the Class of 2024 has persevered through challenges, demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity and shown a commitment to excellence. Their years through high school have been marked by countless hours of study, moments of doubt and the occasional setback.

“Yet, here you are, standing tall and ready to take on the world,” she said.

Her advice is to embrace the power of education, value the importance of community, be adaptable and open to change and believe in yourself.

Torchia told the graduates to never underestimate the power of determination and hard work and to know that they have the strength and potential to accomplish anything they set their minds to.

Congratulating the Class of 2024, Torchia said the graduates have made them all incredibly proud.

“As you leave here today, carry with you the memories, the lessons and the friendships that have shaped your high school experience,” she said. “Go forth with courage, compassion and a commitment to making a difference. Remember, the future is yours to create. Dream big, work hard and never stop believing in the extraordinary possibilities that lie ahead.

“We cannot wait to see all the amazing things you will achieve.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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