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Williamsport, Montoursville celebrate graduations

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Williamsport Area High School graduates Maya E. Trump and Jaiden S. Kinley give an elbow bump between delivering their remarks during the 150th Annual Commencement ceremony at the school on Thursday.

The classes of 2021 at Williamsport and Montoursville area high schools reflected on parallel educations and on road trips at commencement ceremonies Thursday night.

In his opening remarks at the 150th commencement of the Williamsport Area High School, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent, shared with the 298 graduating seniors a nostalgic journey through their years in school, encompassing not only their educational progress but what he called a parallel education in life.

“You see, you have been receiving two educations side by side while attending school over these 13 years,” Bowers said. “The one that will be formally recognized tonight as you walk across this stage is your formal Williamsport Area School District education. Your other education, that I hope each of you take time this evening to reflect on is indeed more precious. Let’s call that one your life education.”

The graduation speeches at Montoursville Area High School revolved around “The road trip to our lives,” and featured speeches “The Open Road” by Lauren Marks, “The Journey” by Lydia Barbour and “Enjoying the Ride” by Madison Ramsey.

Additionally, district superintendent Christina Bason greeted attendees with a speech revolving around the “I can’t waits” of life, while senior class president Miya Gillin followed with a welcome.

“This life is yours, make the best of it,” Gillin said.

For articles on each of the commencement ceremonies, read the Saturday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette or visit sungazette.com and look for a special edition commemorating the graduates of all the region’s high schools in Wednesday’s edition.

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