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Philipsburg-Osceola grads prepare for next chapter

Philipsburg-Osceola valedictorian Kyle Albert leads the first group of students to receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony on the school’s football field on Friday.
Philipsburg-Osceola valedictorian Kyle Albert leads the first group of students to receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony on the school’s football field on Friday. nthomas@centredaily.com

School: Philipsburg-Osceola

Graduating class: 2016

Number of graduates: 121

Colors: School colors are navy blue and white. The girls wore white caps and gowns, while the boys wore navy caps and gowns. Tassels were blue and white.

Principal: Justin Hazelton

Where: Philipsburg-Osceola High School football field and track

Student speakers: Olivia Franchock, Kylie Whitehead, Payton Moore, Kyle Albert

Keynote speaker: Dr. Joshua Yoder, Class of 1997

Funny moment: Valedictorian Kyle Albert said the basketball team should have made the playoffs but his “back hurt from carrying the team.” (The team won “like three games,” according to Albert.) Laughter ensued.

Favorite memories: Albert, 18, plans on attending Shenandoah University to major in pharmacy and will run cross country and track for the school’s team. He said he will most remember going to states in track this year.

Graduation memories: Janeen Selfridge, 18, plans on attending Duquesne University to study English and psychology in the fall. A trumpet player, she said the hours spent in the band room will be indelibly etched in her memory.

As for Friday evening, “I’ll remember walking across the stage to get my diploma,” she said.

Tips for underclassmen: James Hartsock, 18, who sang “The Climb” with Lara Sharpless at the graduation, said he is heading to Nyack College in New York to study music and worship. Hartsock plans to go into the ministry following college and offered his first counsel to next year’s batch of graduates: “Keep at it. Don’t stop.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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