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PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINNicholas Demjan, class president, recalls special memories with his classmates during the June 3 commencement ceremony of the Whitehall High School Class of 2019. PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINNicholas Demjan, class president, recalls special memories with his classmates during the June 3 commencement ceremony of the Whitehall High School Class of 2019.
Ariana Antero Navarro celebrates after graduation with her grandparents Isabel and Jose Santana. The event was held at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. Ariana Antero Navarro celebrates after graduation with her grandparents Isabel and Jose Santana. The event was held at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
Kaitlyn Zeigafuse proudly displays her diploma with Chris and Tyler Zeigafuse. Kaitlyn Zeigafuse proudly displays her diploma with Chris and Tyler Zeigafuse.
Whitehall High School Principal Nathan Davidson tells the students, “I am confident that you are all well prepared for the future.” Whitehall High School Principal Nathan Davidson tells the students, “I am confident that you are all well prepared for the future.”
The Whitehall High School Chorale sings “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King June 3 during Whitehall High School’s graduation at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. Edward Hong leads the chorus. The Whitehall High School Chorale sings “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King June 3 during Whitehall High School’s graduation at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. Edward Hong leads the chorus.
Duyen Le and Huyen Le are ready to celebrate. Duyen Le and Huyen Le are ready to celebrate.
Andrew Lochard and Ian Frankenfield are proud to be graduating high school. Andrew Lochard and Ian Frankenfield are proud to be graduating high school.
Natalia Agudelo and Emelyn Cortes present Ashley Cortes with flowers and balloons after graduation. Natalia Agudelo and Emelyn Cortes present Ashley Cortes with flowers and balloons after graduation.
Massiel Delacruz and Nashali Lopez-Rodriguez smile proudly after graduation. Massiel Delacruz and Nashali Lopez-Rodriguez smile proudly after graduation.
PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINKatelynn Arroyo-Jimenez receives her diploma and a handshake from Nathan Davidson, WHS principal. PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINKatelynn Arroyo-Jimenez receives her diploma and a handshake from Nathan Davidson, WHS principal.

‘Have faith in your ability’

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Kat Schneider Special to The Press in Local News

Class of 2019 takes on role of Zephyr alumni

Words of inspiration and encouragement flowed June 3 as Whitehall High School’s 115th graduating class, comprised of more than 350 students, bid farewell to their lives as high school students and welcomed the challenges of the road ahead.

Held at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, the Whitehall-Coplay School District graduation ceremony began with a procession of students clad in the school’s maroon and gold to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Whitehall High School band.

District Superintendent Dr. Lorie D. Hackett gave opening remarks and offered thanks to the teachers, parents and friends of the Class of 2019. She credits them with “showing us light when we needed it the most.”

Student speaker Mariam Zaher discussed legacies and recognized the members of the Class of 1969, who were the evening’s honored guests and provided scholarships to two of the graduates.

“The Class of 1969 gave us a legacy of Vietnam veterans, civil rights activists and — my personal favorite — hippie buckskin vests with beads on the end,” Zaher said.

In tribute to those who had reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation, a rousing performance of “Stand By Me” was performed by the Whitehall High School Chorale, led by Edward Hong.

Samantha Ganser, valedictorian, spoke of the power of education, while Caterine Yunez-Cosme, salutatorian, encouraged students to overcome their fear with courage.

Nicholas Demjan, class president, urged his fellow classmates to find an inner voice to guide them in the years to come.

“After everything I have experienced and learned at my time at Whitehall, the most important thing I have realized is the power of my voice,” he said. “Personally, through student council, I have realized how important it is for each one of us to use any platform we are given to voice what we believe in.”

In his remarks, WHS Principal Nathan Davidson stressed the importance of courage as well, but also offered encouragement for graduates who will be entering an uncertain world outside of high school, one to which they will surely adapt.

He encouraged students to find inspiration in the challenges awaiting them.

“Do not shy away from those moments. Do not get lost in the details. Do not be deterred by the obstacles you see. Do not assume someone else will answer the call. Have faith in your ability, and have the courage to try and the belief that you were put there in that place at that time to make a difference — because your attitude and mindset matter,” Davidson said.

The Class of 2019 included 75 honor graduates, who maintained a four-year average of 4.0 or higher and were distinguished by their maroon and gold cords.