For the Bellefonte Area High School Class of 2014, Wednesday was both the last day of class and the day they walked the stage — something to which most looked forward.
He even said he would miss his friends, the school that helped shape him and singing Justin Bieber tunes as a joke with his peers.
Cetnar also spoke to his class about making the most of high school, because it goes by fast. He urged his fellow graduates and those younger than him to always make the most of each opportunity.
But before he ended his speech to introduce Horner, he turned around and took a “selfie” with his face in the foreground and his fellow graduates in the back.
Stone said to have fun, but be smart about it.
“You have one life to live — live it,” he said. “Do what you enjoy and get involved. It will take you further in life.”
Classmate Emily Kerstetter had a similar response.
“The time goes by so fast,” she said. “Enjoy it and do the best you can because it pays off.”
Kerstetter, who will be attending Penn State for immunology and infectious diseases, also added that people should cherish friendships they’ve made.
Tanner Day, 17, is graduating a year early.
He said the sooner you finish classes and better you do, the quicker you get out of high school.
“I enjoyed it, but I’m ready to be out,” Day said. “I just encourage them to get their homework done and work hard at school. It’s good to get it out of the way.”
Day will attend Lock Haven University for business administration and hopes to also attend a trade school for automotive work.
He had Poorman for agriculture and said class was always fun. While he worked on farms growing up, he said the class taught him new things.
Dann will attend Penn State for forest ecosystem management.
Doylan Deitrich, 18, said he’ll miss football and hanging with his “buddies” the most.
“It’ll be weird because you see the same people and spend your day with friends all day, then things will change,” he said. “I got some friends, so I’ll miss that.”
Austin Cable, 18, took classes at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, but walked the stage with the Bellefonte Class of 2014.
He said he’ll miss the personal relationships made with teachers that he might not get once he goes to University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall.
“I’m not sure I’ll miss the high school as much as I will (miss) CPI,” he said. “It was a good way to prepare us for the future and what we’ll learn when we’re done.”
Cable will study diesel technology — something he is familiar with from classes at CPI.
But for their parents, it already hit them.
Karah Mothersbaugh, 18, said her mother already started “getting emotional” the morning of graduation while the grad said it hasn’t fazed her quite yet.
“It’s exciting, but a little surreal,” she said. “Maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and then realize I finally graduated.”
Mothersbaugh will attend Penn State in the fall.
Classmate Alayni Caprio said graduation is a nice way to be recognized for achievements.
“We work hard to get to this point,” she said. “I hope they (underclassmen) will realize a little fun and hard work can pay off.”
Caprio will attend Empire School of Beauty for hair and makeup.
Between her and husband, George Callahan, they have six kids. This was her last child graduating.
“I’m proud,” Pam Callahan said of her son Christian Hopple, 17. “He’s the last to graduate so it’s exciting, but a little sad.”
Hopple will be attending Penn State’s School of Theater. He was involved in drama, track and cross-country while he was a Red Raider.