Warwick High School held its Sixty-Second Annual Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2018 on Monday, June 11th at Calvary Church in Lancaster. This year Warwick had a total of 356 graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
The graduates were excited and anxious for the ceremony to get started. They were taking it all in by snapping some last minute photos with classmates and teachers. Members of the Warwick High School band performed the prelude and ceremonial music as the graduates walked into the auditorium.
High School Principal, Kristina Szobocsan, started off the ceremony with opening remarks stating how much this Class of 2018 really impacted her and the ways she’s “#proud” of these Warwick graduates. She then introduced the student speakers: Montana Lutz with his speech titled, “All We Need to Know”, Talia Bertrando with her speech, “Being, Belonging, Becoming” and McKenzie Cossette with her speech called, “Everlasting Contributions.”
Mrs. Szobocsan then announced the salutatorian, Clayton Mohler and the much-anticipated valedictorian which was awarded to Montana Lutz.
Assistant high school principal Scott Kyper introduced the senior honor society members and student council members. Mr. Sydnor Harrison then introduced Warwick’s foreign exchange student, Magaly A. Manrique Herrera.
Senior members of the Warwick concert choir performed “A Million Dreams” from the box office hit, “The Greatest Showman,” accompanied by senior Jack Myers.
School board president, Mr. Michael Landis, and Superintendent Dr. April Hershey both gave remarks. Dr. Hershey encouraged students to live out the famous quote by author Henry James, “Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” Hershey also applauded this class on their eagerness to help others, their willingness to stand up for each other and their commitment to including everyone.
It was with great excitement that they then presented the Warwick High School Class of 2018, with school board members granting the diplomas and senior officers shaking each graduate’s hand. Class president Josiah McCracken then gave the farewell address entitled, “Clouded Nostalgia” that was filled with thoughtful words and some humor that had the entire crowd laughing.
Congratulations to the Warwick Class of 2018!