GREENSBURG – Four years ago, the Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) class of 2014 set off on a journey toward adulthood.
On Saturday approximately 120 students, they reached a turning point along that journey, a fork where their road through high school at last ended, opening wide upon a world of possibility; a world where the tests of life and time await those who are prepared and those who are unprepared alike; a world of unpredictable trials and triumphs, all of which offer invaluable lessons along the way to maturity; accomplishment; success.
GCHS Principal Phil Chapple spoke with obvious pride as he addressed Saturday’s crowded gathering of family, teachers, administrators and students in the school’s gymnasium. At times he sounded wistful; at times he was like a teacher instructing a class, while at other moments he was slightly protective and parental regarding this latest collection of graduates, but his confidence never wavered.
The 143rd graduating class of Greensburg Community High School, Chapple told the assembly, is ready for the challenges of the world awaiting them. “They have become self-reliant young men and women,” he said.
All told, Chapple said, the class of 2014 has garnered more than $3 million in grants, scholarships and awards (an average of $26,000 per student) – only the second time in the school’s history total educational awards have exceeded $3 million. More than $2.75 million of those funds were awarded by local trust funds and community organizations, the principal added.
Chapple then gave special recognition to the class’ 35 Academic Honors Diploma recipients; its two Technical Honors Diploma recipients; and its 13 combined Academic and Technical Honors Diploma recipients. He also congratulated students who’ve earned membership in the National Forensic League and commended the nine members of the class entering the US military.
“Congratulations to all of these students for their achievement and service,” the principal said.