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Watson, Hornbeck honored with Golden Lance Awards at 2017 graduation ceremony

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Tara Jordan leads the Class of 2017 in the traditional cap toss.

Three hundred and sixty five Class of 2017 members graduated on May 31.  The ceremony was held at the PNC Arena at Mt. St. Mary’s. Although there were many tears throughout the night, overall it was very special.

Throughout the ceremony, there were speakers, including, Class of 2017 President, Jack Medve, Assistant Principal Andrew McWilliams, Board of Education Member Joy Shaefer, Principal Nancy Doll, and Student Speaker Olivia Deyaert.

The choir opened the evening with the “Alma Mater” and “You Will Reep What You Sow.”

Assistant Principal Andrew McWilliams introduced special guests and thanked the three retiring teachers, Deborah Carter, Joanne Freimuth, and William Crum, for their years of service.

Megan Wilhelm, Cassia Connolly, and Jackson Knight performed the song, “Whenever You Remember” by Carrie Underwood.

Senior Olivia Deyaert gave a speech to all the seniors wishing them a farewell. In her speech she said,  “This is what Linganore and the Class of 2017 is all about: Being there for one another. Being a part of something greater.”

Principal Doll announced that the Class of 2017 has been awarded $7,508,031 in scholarship money.

A tradition at Linganore is for the senior class to give a Golden Lance award to one senior and one teacher. The student and teacher are chosen from nominations from the senior class. This year’s winners are the senior class officer Lexi Watson and social studies teacher Darren Hornbeck.

In his nomination statement, Class 2017 President, Jack Medeve, wrote, “Lexi is like the backbone of the senior class.”

Hornbeck started the popular elective course about the history and effects of 9/11. When Mrs. Doll asked seniors who had taken the class to stand, many rose to their feet.

Once the last graduate, Tara Jordan, received her diploma, the seniors took off their caps and threw them into the air.

After the ceremony, students stayed for the all-night Safe and Sane party.  This year’s event was the 30th anniversary.

Century Ford provided the car that was one of the many prizes.  At the end of the evening all students went home with small or large prizes.  Quinn Waxter won the tablet computer. Ashely Bonanno won the speaker system. Brian Goodwin and Lexi Watson won the Orioles tickets  Dalton Mongue won the Play Station 4. Holden Miller won the grill. Brighid Thompson won the camera. Sara Bennett won a Fitbit.  Rachel Skowron won the laptop. Kelly Rippeon won the TV. Mariah Belmaggio won the donated Jeep Commando!

The seniors enjoyed their night together until 5 am where they took their last Linganore High School bus back to the school to be either picked up or to drive themselves back home.

Congratulations to class of 2017!

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Watson, Hornbeck honored with Golden Lance Awards at 2017 graduation ceremony