Gehman at top of EHS class

By on June 3, 2015

Named valedictorian as Ephrata prepares for Thursday graduation; Waller earns salutatorian spot

On the basis of final grade-point averages calculated Tuesday morning, Ephrata High School Principal Scott Galen has declared that Sarah Gehman is the valedictorian for the class of 2015.ZZZZgirl

After a several-year absence, EHS has brought back the honor of salutatorian, given to the class’s second-ranked student. Taking the honor this year is Scott Waller.

“Achieving valedictorian or salutatorian is such an honor and so many students put in a tremendous amount of work to reach high goals, that we wanted to do more to recognize those efforts,” said first-year EHS Principal Scott Galen. “Adding salutatorian as an individual to be recognized just made sense. Additionally, we will be recognizing a number of student groups. Students in National Honor Society, those who made the decision to attend CTC, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, German Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, will all be recognized as groups.”

EHS is indeed set to hold its 120th commencement exercises tomorrow night, Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. With Ephrata being one of the few county schools still planning outdoor ceremonies, the hope is that this week’s rainy and cool weather will give way to sunny skies for the grand event.

As of presstime Wednesday morning, Millersville University Weather Information Center was calling for mostly cloudy conditions with a 60 percent chance of showers during the day and 30 percent at night. Highs for the day were expected to reach 66-70.ZZZZboy

Galen indicated Superintendent Dr. Brian Troop will make the call on whether to keep the ceremony outdoors sometime in the afternoon Thursday, unless “it is obvious one way or the other.”

The most current list provided by the district shows 286 seniors eligible to graduate during the ceremony at War Memorial Field. If the weather does not hold, it will be held at Ephrata Middle School and then admission is by ticket only.

Gehman will be joining class president Katie Hammaker, Andrea Castillo Romero and Kelly Liebl as the evening’s speakers.

Other class officers are: vice president Debby Saenz; treasurer Castillo Romero; and secretary Zachary Peters

The class motto is, “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go” by T.S. Eliot.

Baccalaureate was held Sunday at the high school and the senior awards ceremony was May 20 (full results and photos can be found in this week’s special graduation supplement inside).

In addition, that supplement also contains photos of all the graduates, as well as special senior sports photo pages and how dozens of local graduates are faring in college.

For information about Cocalico’s graduation set for this Friday, June 5 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, as well as its senior photos and results from the awards ceremony, see page A-9 and the special supplement.

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