by Lisa Schauer
“We’re still here,” proclaimed Seth Bivens, class president, in his welcoming remarks at the 2022 annual commencement held on the football field at Hancock High School on Tuesday, May 31.
In sweltering heat and without a microphone due to an equipment malfunction, Bivens and his fellow graduates took the day in stride, alluding to all the class had been through, including COVID and a battle to keep the school open.
About 20 graduates walked slowly on the field as “Pomp and Circumstance” played. The grandstand was full of family and friends.
Principal Amanda Mulledy led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Assistant Principal Kermit Moyer awarded the diplomas and certificates. School counselor Susan Schultz presented awards and scholarships.
Valedictorian Emma Tucker Stouffer delivered a speech reminding graduates to work hard and pursue their dreams.
Stouffer is the daughter of Jesse and Kim Stouffer. She will be attending Lock Haven University on a scholarship for an accelerated Physician Assistant program.
Salutatorian Seth Joseph Bivens is the son of Laura and Michael Bivens. He will be attending Hagerstown Community College to major in health sciences and to play baseball for HCC.
The Class of 2022 officers are Bivens, class president; Vice President Megan Oberholzer and Secretary Emma Stouffer. The class flower is the white rose, their class color is teal and the class song was “Memories” by Maroon 5.