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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 5:00 am

The Maplewood High School Class of 2019 has been endearingly dubbed as “the forever freshman” by their teachers and staff. At Friday night’s graduation ceremony, Assistant Principal Erica Howick made one final reference to the nickname as she addressed the crowd.

“After searching forever, Google promptly provided me with these synonyms,” Howick said. “Always, endlessly, eternally, permanently, perpetually and indefinitely. As the class that was coined ‘the forever freshman,’ you all take this banner and endlessly prove that forever can mean infinitely more.”

Maplewood graduated 90 seniors, who received a combined $1,437,884 in scholarship money as a class. Principal Kenneth Wolfarth congratulated the class on all their achievements and wished them well as they move on into their professional lives, while also poking fun at the class’ nickname.

“This an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and look ahead to the future,” Wolfarth said. “Along the path of success, I encourage you to own your mistakes, work hard for what you want, be grateful of those around you and focus only on that which you can control. Fight for what you believe in, think for yourself and don’t forget the tissues.”

Six student speakers, referred to as the “Senior Six,” each addressed their classmates and recounted their memories from their time at Maplewood. Valedictorian Abigail Palotas referenced the film “10 Things I Hate About You” in her speech, listing off the 10 things she hated about Maplewood.

“I hated that you made me laugh, even worse that you’re making me cry,” Palotas said. “But most of all, I hate the way that I don’t hate you. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.”

Fellow Senior Six speaker Jordan Hollabaugh implored his classmates to be ready to work hard to earn what they want in life, and said that they cannot expect to have everything handed to them so easily.

“One of the biggest problems we face now in society today is that many young people expect to have everything handed to them,” Hollabaugh said. “We have done a great disservice by not teaching young people the importance of hard work. My advice to you, Class of 2019, is that if you want something in life, go earn it.”

The ceremony featured a performance from Amber Burhcard, a graduating senior and PMEA All-State musician. Burhcard sang “My Best Dreams are Ahead of Me” by Kent Blazy and Marv Green in honor of graduation and the Class of 2019.

Burchard was joined by her fellow choir members for a rendition of “A Million Dreams” from the musical “The Greatest Showman.” The MHS band performed “Uproar” by Michael Oare just prior to the handing out of diplomas, in addition to providing music for both the processional and recessional ceremonies.

Layla Joseph, another student speaker on the evening, remembered when she first came to Maplewood in the eighth grade, and wished her classmates the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

“I want all of my classmates to think of one good moment that they’ve had in the last four years,” Joseph said. “That small slice of joy, that was just the beginning. High school should not be the best time of our lives. It is simply just the start of our story.”

Zook can be reached, by email, at news@titusvilleherald.com.

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