Mixed emotions: Commencement

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Emily Campbell and Rebecca Battko, members of the Warren Area High School class of 2019, decorated their caps as part of the celebration of Commencement on Friday. All high schools in Warren County School District held commencement ceremonies on Friday.

High school graduation is a time of mixed emotions. Such was the case for some of the members of the Warren Area High School class of 2019.

According to the program, 177 students turned their tassels and collected their diplomas during Friday’s Commencement ceremony held at the high school.

The auditorium and surrounding areas were filled with family and friends of the graduates. Some guests brought bouquets of flowers and other gifts. Many were heard reminiscing of the years that led to Friday’s celebration.

Rebecca Battko described the event as a bit “strange.”

“It feels like we were in kindergarten just yesterday,” she said.

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Members of the Warren Area High School class of 2019 and their family and friends gathered to celebrate Commencement on Friday evening at the high school.

Emily Campbell had some advice for underclassmen.

“To all the underclassmen,” she said. “Make it last. It goes by fast.”

Opening remarks for the ceremony were given by Julia Lobdell, class co-president.

Addresses were presented by Emma McKibbin, valedictorian, Stephen Ashbaugh, salutatorian, and Griffin Suppa, historian. Class vice-president Mackenzie Bickling offered closing remarks.

All high schools in Warren County School District held commencement ceremonies on Friday.

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