Graduation 2009 - Lancaster High School

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'We are ready to take on whatever the future may hold'

By Jenny Arnold

Lancaster County Memorial Stadium was a dignified sea of blue and gold as about 400 graduates made their way down the bleachers and onto the field Friday night to receive their high school diplomas.

Families of the graduates came out in droves to see their loved ones get their degrees.

Principal Dr. Joe Keenan asked the crowd in the stadium to keep down the noise as each graduate’s name was called.

“It’s been a long time since Lancaster High graduated 400 kids,” Keenan said. “We expect great things from this group as they continue their growth and development.”

Keenan said 53 percent of the class of 2009 had a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and 87 percent of the graduates plan to further their education in college, technical college or specialized training.

Patrick Scott Marshall was recognized as valedictorian of the class, with a 5.2262 GPA.

Only in the last few days, Courtney Page Cauthen was named salutatorian, with a 4.9313 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and played volleyball, softball and cross country for the Lady Bruins.

Cauthen tearfully began her speech, thanking her family for their support over the years.

She said during high school, she and her classmates have worn a variety of clothing, from sports and cheerleading uniforms, to crazy get-ups during Spirit Week. Now they were wearing caps and gowns and coming together for the last time as a class.

“We have made it, Class of 2009,” Cauthen said. “Tonight we share this achievement. Now we are ready to take on whatever the future may hold.”

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151