“Everything is Changing”

Eisenhower celebrates the Class of 2024 during commencement ceremony
June 8, 2024

RUSSELL, Pa. – Eisenhower Middle/High School bid farewell to its seniors and celebrated their accomplishments during commencement on Friday.

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“Whether you’re staying in town or going to another country, everything is changing,” Valedictorian Cricket Branstrom, who plans to attend Marist College in Italy, said. “So take what you’ve learned and work to make sure it changes for the better and look back on everything fondly.”

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Eisenhower’s Katie Bunk took a group selfie as the Class of 2024 was officially declared as graduates. Photo courtesy Katie Bunk.

EHS Principal Amy Beers said that though the Class of 2024 was small in number, with 51 graduates, she expects they will accomplish big things.

“I have a secret to tell you, you are ready for the next step beyond the walls of this school,” Beers said. “It wasn’t so much about the math formulas and the historical dates and the parts of the cell, and it’s ok if you don’t remember them today. These were used to teach you how to learn. They served their purpose and they have prepared you to go out into the world now. I believe you are going to go out into this world and make a big impact.”

Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Kris Bunk gives a thumbs-up as Eisenhower seniors prepare for their commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.
The Eisenhower Middle High School band plays during the 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Winnie Wolf goes over her opening remarks before Eisenhower’s 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Warren County School District Superintendent Gary Weber shakes Eisenhower graduate JJ Darr’s hand during the 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

Beyond the academics, Branstrom said all the clubs, organizations, and activities students participated in helped them learn the importance of being part of the community.

“We began to find the value in contributing to our community,” Branstrom said. “School has a funny way of instilling these values in us right under our noses. Preparing us to carry it with us into adulthood. Along the way I’ve learned that sometimes the best thing that you can do is find something to look forward to.”

Wags the therapy dog is ready for Eisenhower’s 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Graduates are all smiles following Eisenhower’s 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.
Katie Bunk (right) hands out sashes recognizing National Honor Society members before Eisenhower’s 2024 commencement ceremony. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

Salutatorian Abe Wolf, who plans to attend PennWest Edinboro, encouraged his classmates to persevere through life’s challenges and shared his excitement for the future.

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“Whether you are going to college, trade school, or straight into the workforce there is something in store for all of us,” Wolf said. “The paths are set and we will courageously walk down them. No matter how tough yours gets, you must never stop walking forward but find a way around the tough times. While I know life will not always be easy or enjoyable, I’m beyond excited to embark on this journey.”

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