The Penns Valley Area High School Class of 2014 walked the stage Friday night with a thought that most students said was “a bittersweet moment.” But many were eager to move on to the next step in their lives — some leaving the valley altogether.
Luckily, the clouds parted and the sun came out while the graduates walked the stage. Parents said it was a perfect day to be outdoors to watch their sons and daughters graduate.
It was one of its largest classes yet and had 10 valedictorians, said Principal Dustin Dalton.
“What’s past is prologue,” she said.
“Don’t joke off,” Cooke added. “Have fun, for sure, but don’t joke around too much or you might regret not focusing and taking things seriously, later in life.”
Adalea Brindel, 18, said she’s going to miss the community where she grew up.
“It’s bittersweet, but exciting, but I’m really going to miss this community,” she said. “It’s a small, friendly area.”
She’ll be attending Lycoming College in Williamsport, to study chemistry.
Andrew Deardorff, 18, of Spring Mills, said he’ll be attending Lebanon Valley College for physical therapy, but he is a little nervous.
“You’re comfortable with right now and anxious to get out into the real world, but don’t know what the real world will bring,” he said.
“It’s bittersweet and surreal, because it hasn’t really hit me yet that its over,” added class President Angelo Nicosia, who will be at Shippensburg University in the fall.
“I’m so proud and excited to see her move onto the next level,” Miller said of her daughter, who will be attending Lock Haven University. “I’m actually so proud of the grads who come out of this school. The kids always seem to do really great things.”
Her son, Travis Miller, graduated in 2009 from Penns Valley and just completed his first year at Duquesne University for his master’s degree. He received his undergraduate degree from Penn State in forensic science.