EHS graduating 295 at ceremony tonight Nathaniel Todd LatshawLatshaw named valedictorian

By on June 8, 2011

Ephrata High School announced Monday that senior Nathaniel Todd Latshaw is Valedictorian for the Class of 2011.

Latshaw, who was also a star player on the EHS soccer team last fall, will join classmates Catie Eckman, Robert McGlaughlan, and Chris Prosser, as well as class president Lauren Smith on the stage, as a featured speaker during commencement exercises set for 7 p.m., Wed. June 8 at Ephrata War Memorial Field.

All eligible graduates are pictured in this issue and can be found on pages A16-18.

The evening’s program will begin a prelude by the graduation choir followed by the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" and "Star-Spangled Banner," also sung by the graduation choir.

An introduction by the superintendent, Dr. Gerald B. Rosati, will precede the class president’s welcome, followed by some remarks by the principal, Mrs. Joane Eby.

After the class speakers have shared their memories and inspiring words, Principal Eby will present the graduates, accompanied by a message by the Board of Education president, Timothy W. Stayer.

This year’s senior class, whose motto is "Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to be the person you believe you were meant to be," by Dr. George Sheehan, is comprised of many students who have reached high academic standing. Graduates who have attained a 4.0 GPA are designated as Summa Cum Laude; Cum Laude, 3.75; Academic Excellence, 3.5; and Honor Graduates, 3.0.

The Board of School Directors — Timothy W. Stayer, president; Robert E. Miller, vice-president; Clare LeFevre, secretary; Jean Hornberger, treasurer; Judy Beiler; Marty Harmes; Ted Kachel; Kay Kurtz; Glenn R. Martin; Jenny Miller; Neal D. Reichard; and Allyson Snyder — will present the diplomas to the graduating seniors.

The Alma Mater, postlude and recessional will conclude the events of the evening.

The graduation season kicked off in late May with the senior awards assembly (awards listed last week) and the prom. Ceremonies continued this week, with a Baccelaureate service on Sunday at Ephrata Community Church (see photos in this issue), and of course, the main event tonight.

In case of inclement weather, commencement exercises will be held at Ephrata Middle School and admission, then, would be by ticket only. More GRADUATION, page A22

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