Muncy graduate says diploma is a ticket to the world

The rain held off long enough Friday evening for 67 Muncy High School graduates to receive their diplomas on the front lawn of their, now, alma mater.

Students receiving the top five places in the class spoke to those gathered on the lawn to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of the members of the class of 2013.

“It’s crazy to think that 13 years ago we began this journey we’re ending today,” said fifth honors student Selin Saka, introducing her fellow speakers. “These diplomas are a ticket to explore the world away from these gray walls.”

Becky Smith spoke on Isaiah 43, verse two, which reads: “When those passeth through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they that not overflow thee: when though walketh through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

Victoria Smith spoke on the class poem, “Time to Move,” by class member Olivia Renkel.

“We are forceful flowers blooming our way to greatness,” Smith said. “We are future trees sprouting in Muncy soil. Our roots will always remain blue and white.

Salutatorian Mariah Chuprinski gave an emotional speech on the class song, “Daylight,” by Maroon 5, stimulated by a walk through the local cemetery.

“As I walked and read the headstones of those in their final resting places, it filled me with a sense of comfort. They must have gazed lovingly at the same ancient mountains that guard Muncy, and fished in the Susquehanna River,” she said. Valedictorian Charity Good spoke on the class quote, attributed to Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“Emerson chose to live a simple life, to determine what is important in life, and not live life conforming to society,” she said.