Members of the Hughesville High School class of 2014 are full of PRIDE - perseverance, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence, that is.
Valedictorian Amanda MacTarnaghan focused on these values in her address at Hughesville's outdoor graduation ceremony Friday evening. MacTarnaghan referred to the acronym as the "school's mantra."
"The beauty of PRIDE is that we can take it with us," MacTarnaghan said.
Paul Barrett/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
The Hughesville High?School senior class prepares to graduate Friday evening.
She detailed how the school had taught each member of the graduating class these values, preparing them to take on the world.
"Everyone in our senior class has the ability to succeed," MacTarnaghan said. "Anyone can be mediocre, but it takes true character to go above and beyond."
Also speaking at the ceremony were class salutatorian Hannah Avery and class president Joshua Fry.
Avery offered some advice to the crowd that she found through the most reliable resource - a Google search.
Avery blended the serious and comical in her address. She advised students to wear sunscreen, remember their family, and not worry about the future too much.
"Maybe you'll move to Muncy and have to cheer for the Indians at football games, but you probably shouldn't do that," Avery joked about the school's rival team.
Fry matched his address to the occasion, citing 14 unique facts about the class of 2014. He counted down from 14 to one the number of seniors involved in various activities, concluding that there is only one Hughesville class of 2014.
Fry reminded his classmates that this was not the end of their life journey, but only the beginning.
"This is not the end of the road. We won't be parking our cars," he said. "So roll the windows down, turn the radio up and cruise."
School board President Richard L. Michael and class advisor Michele Beck presented the 139 graduating seniors with their diplomas.
Following the presentation of diplomas, two representatives from the class, Emmalyn Voneida and Nathan Seabridge, came forward to dedicate the 2013-14 yearbook to retiring science and tech education teacher William Carroll.
Voneida described Carroll as "someone with characteristics that represent Hughesville High School as a whole."
"This is a perfect moment of potential energy," Carroll said. "When this ceremony ends, the next journey begins."
The high school band played "Pomp and Circumstance" and and the recessional "Triumphal March" from "Aida."