The fad came from Levi Veneziano, who can solve the puzzle in about 30 seconds and urged the mens soccer team to try, then passed the mechanism on to nearly the rest of the class.
Some of the BEA graduates said that if they can solve a Rubiks Cube, anything is possible.
NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 153.
WHERE: Alumni Stadium, adjacent to the high school on South Eagle Valley Road.
COLORS: The graduates wore blue caps and gowns. The tassel was half blue and gold, with a gold 2014 medallion.
VALEDICTORIAN: Abbey Crago, 18, of Howard, graduated with a 4.51 GPA. She will attend Grove City College for biology.
SALUTATORIAN: Sam Van Cise, 18, graduated with a 4.47 GPA. He will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
MUSIC: The graduates walked down the track to their seats to Sir Edward Elgars Pomp and Circumstance March No.1. That was followed by a prayer and The Star-Spangled Banner, which played through several speakers around the football field.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Bald Eagle Area Class of 1964 was recognized.
Several of the former classmates said that even though it has been years since theyve seen each other, it was like things never changed.
We go right back to the way things were before, said Paula Leathers McDanel, who now lives near Pittsburgh.
We picked right back up where we left off, said class speaker Ken Hall, of Moshannon.
The Class of 64 walked the stage 50 years ago with 204 graduates one of the largest classes BEA ever had, said Danny Yearick, who lives in Allentown.
He added that it was the first class to go all the way through school together from seventh to 12th grade after area community schools were merged to form the BEA district.
There used to be some kind of rivalries with those who lived up in Snow Shoe and those out by Howard, he said. Our class changed that. We were all together for it and the first to do so.
Class of 64 member Andy Swarms great-grandson, Tyler Horner, graduated with the Class of 2014.
Its special, Swarm, of Bellefonte, said. Now we look around and everythings new. A new school, new faces.
McDanel said she hopes the Class of 2014 keeps in touch as hers has, meeting about every five years since graduation.
POP CULTURE REFERENCE: Class President Zachary Moody took two selfies before he addressed his fellow graduates. He first got his head into the photo with one part of the class in the background, then went to the other side of the stage and took his second selfie to include the other students.
WORD OF ADVICE: Crago addressed her class with a message to be true to who you are.
But that message wasnt just for her graduates. She said she hopes all other students can take that piece of advice.
Nate Cleaver, 18, said hes heading into the logging industry, and while hes appreciates what BEA gave to him, he wishes he had put more effort into his school work.
Its an awesome feeling. Ive been waiting for this for so long, Cleaver said about graduation. Looking back on it, I think I would have worked a little harder. Id tell (underclassmen) to work hard all the way through high school.
A MEMORY: Dennis Shaw Jr. and Bailey Bloom said that while neither of them could quickly solve a Rubiks Cube, most of their peers could.
It was something everyone knew for some reason, Bloom, 18, of Julian, said. It was pretty cool.
I wish I knew how to get it done, Shaw added.
Shaw, 18, of Howard, said his graduation memories will include hanging out with friends and participating in spirit week.
Ill miss the spirit weeks and other fun activities we did in school, he said. Its cool to graduate, though, but Im a little anxious. There are some mixed emotions, but Ill remember all the fun stuff.
Hes entering the workforce in heavy-equipment operations.
WHAT THEYLL MISS: Spending time with friends and playing sports are just a few of the things graduates said theyll miss the most, but they are eager to start something new.
Bald Eagle is like one big family, said Cheyenne Smolko, 17. You woke up every day leaving one family and getting to be with another. It was a great place.
Smolko will attend Duquesne University for health science and pre-health.
I know its something I wont play again, he said. I think Ill miss the whole experience. Itll be weird not waking up at 7 (a.m.) to go to school and seeing everyone. A whole new routine will be weird, but Im looking forward to it.
HOW THEY FELT: There were a mix of emotions about graduating. Some seniors said they were ready to leave, while others said they were nervous for the future.
And some were just honored.
We did it, Jeffrey Bennett, 18, of Runville, said. Its a huge milestone in our lives and the biggest one so far.
Its a different kind of experience, Dakota Rossman, 18, of Milesburg, said. It came so quick.
Rossman will enter the workforce, he said.
Its exciting, but scary, Michelle Kachik, 17, of Clarence, said. The last few weeks flew by. Its all been kind of a blur and here we are. This school really helped us get ready for whats next. The small school helped us all be close with each other and the teachers.
Kachik will attend Penn College of Technology to be a physician assistant.
HOW PARENTS FELT: Elizabeth Quick, of Clarence, watched her daughter, Carrie Wilson, receive her diploma, and couldnt help but get teary-eyed.
See, Im crying already, Quick said. Im so proud because looking out, I see how bright her future is. I tell her to go for her goals because I never went for mine.
Wilson hopes to go to school to be a veterinarian, Quick said.
Quick was accompanied by proud aunt Rose Blesh and a number of other family members.
These kids are the future and theyre so bright, and I look at my kids and think of the best for them, Quick said.
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