“Look back at not only what our class has done, but what we are capable of, and that will give you pretty good answers. We’ve always been told the sky’s the limit, but remember there are footprints on the moon so set your goals high.”
Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover encouraged the graduating class to treat the next phase of their lives with the same enthusiasm they did when they entered kindergarten in 1998.
High school Principal Edward Rife said of 190 graduates, 45 graduated with a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher.
Twenty-one students planned to enlist in the military, and the class earned over $1.2 million in scholarships and awards, he said.
Commencement speaker Curt Kendall, a 1977 Greencastle graduate, said that despite being the winningest Division III baseball coach in Virginia state history, winning isn’t the only measure.
“Winning truly isn’t everything. The measure of our success as individuals should be made on how we lead our lives each and everyday,” said Kendall, head baseball coach at Bridgewater College.
When he was striking out into the world in 1977, Kendall said he was quickly swept away by the pace of society. He cautioned the graduating class to think about their decisions.
“Looking back I was able to see the decisions I made following high school affected my life. Not all were bad decisions — those decisions without thought sometimes later caused pain and hurt. The fast-paced world swept me off my feet and will sweep you off your feet ....,” he said.
”Graduating Class of 2012, your support system will begin to let go, and you will begin to make your own decisions. You will become accountable for your decisions. Continue to learn because you don’t know it all,” Kendall said. “Slow down and evaluate those decisions.”
Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School
Number of graduates: 190
Valedictorian: Lauren Jo Grove
Salutatorians: Nathan Lee Hykes, Gregory Arthur Boyer