School: Bellefonte Area High School
Number of graduates: 180
Graduation location: Bellefonte Area High School gymnasium
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Colors: The boys wore red caps and gowns, and the girls wore white caps and gown. Each graduate had a red and white tassel.
Principal: Jennifer Brown
Valedictorian: Ryan Lidgett
Salutatorian: Kayleigh Rine
Speakers: Lidgett; Rine; Superintendent Michelle Saylor; Brown; and teachers Allyson Durney, Jessica Lloyd, Matthew McDermitt and Jonathan Virgilio.
Graduation moment: Before the students walked across the stage, the Class of 2017 class gift was revealed: an outdoor classroom space in the courtyard of the high school. It included a drawing board and benches that could also be used as desks.
Best high school memories: Lidgett said he’ll miss being involved in theatrical productions at the high school. He said he’s played violin in the pit orchestra since he was a freshman, but has been playing violin since fourth grade.
Tips for underclassmen: Graduate Carson Bechdel said the best advice he has for underclassmen is to get involved in as many activities as possible, and to not sweat the small stuff. “Even if you think things are bad, it’s the attitude you have that will make it better or worse, and they’ll likely get better,” he said.