YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. – Despite navigating the most abnormal of their 13 grade school years, the Youngsville High School Class of 2021 was able to end their high school careers with a sense of normalcy Friday.
The 2021 graduates celebrated their commencement at Mike Shine Field with family and friends in attendance. The diplomas were conferred with Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart and WCSD Board of Directors member Paul Mangione on-hand.
“All of us at the Warren County School District wish you the best as you move forward in your lives,” Stewart said in a Facebook post to all WCSD graduates. “As we all look forward to a return to normalcy, know that this is your time to be courageous, live your lives, make mistakes, learn from them, and make your mark on the world.”
The valedictorian, Mikayla Eyler, and salutatorian, Ethan Kesterholt, shared their parting words, as did guest speaker Patricia Hannold.
See Valedictorian Mikayla Eyler’s full speech here:
Eyler challenged her classmates to go out and “create the future you desire.” Kesterholt encouraged the Class of 2021 “not to fall victim to the worst of your past, rather use it to prepare yourself for a better future.”
See Salutatorian Ethan Kesterholt’s full speech here:
Hannold, who first taught the Class of 2021 as fifth graders, shared some of the memories made in the classroom and expressed the desire for graduates to return and share the memories they make as they embark on this next phase in life.