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CHS Celebrates 152nd Commencement

Approximately 157 students from the Cambridge High School (CHS) Class of 2024 celebrated their accomplishments and achievements and were recognized at the 152nd Cambridge High School Commencement on Saturday evening. 

At the ceremony, CHS Principal Jason Bunting recognized one graduate, Ashton Landaker who intends to enter the United States Army, 30 senior members of the National Honor Society, 28 scholar athletes, 54 students who graduated with Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude distinction, 29 four year academic award winners, and 23 students who earned an honors diploma. 

Bunting also recognized 81 students who indicated they will continue their education by enrolling in college including many who have taken advantage of the post-secondary enrollment options through local colleges to earn nearly 620 credit hours -- a savings of nearly $300,000 to their families. 

That group includes senior Caleb Stanberry who already earned his associate degree in computer science from Zane State College. 
In addition, 28 members of the Class of 2024 made a career choice to pursue vocational education at the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, many going into the workforce upon graduation. 

Participating in the commencement ceremony were five students who earned a 4.0 grade point average and are ranked number one in the class. Those students are Emily Clark, Janelle Rominger, Caleb Stanberry, Evy Todd, and Andrew Vannorsdall.

Four of those students chose to address their classmates with inspirational messages. 

Emily Clark spoke to her classmates as a “domestic abuse survivor” and requested a moment of silence for “others who barely got here and for those who, sadly, did not make it to the milestone of graduation.”

Clark went on to remind her classmates that they are enough, and failure and challenges make you stronger. 

Caleb Stanberry also spoke and shared a story from history to encourage his classmates to make a difference despite being young. 
“…we can often underestimate the potential impact of our actions, particularly when we’re young…. However, history repeatedly shows us that age is not a barrier to making a profound difference.”

Evy Todd spent her time at the podium thanking many people, including family members and teachers, for the positive impact they had on her life. She asked her classmates not to limit themselves and told them that everyone has an opportunity to succeed. 

She concluded by reminding her classmates that “life is not measured by material possessions, but rather by the bonds that we form with those around us.” 

Andrew Vannorsdall reminded his classmates to always put their heart into what they do quoting from Colossians “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” 

He encouraged everyone to chase opportunities and reminded them that “nothing is stopping you from living the dream.”

Mr. Bunting also took a moment to recognize retirees Ken Braun, Ken Collins, Missy Douglas, Angie Hannon, Betty Hinson, Tammy LePage, Cindy Lucas, Cindy Murdock, Perry Waltz, and added very special recognition for “the Heart of Cambridge High School, Linda Bontrager” who received a standing ovation from all in attendance. 

The CHS band under the direction of Zachary Q. Krnach and symphonic chorale led by Aaron Todd, also participated in the ceremony. Board members, David Evancho, David Peoples, Dave Gray, Ron Miller, and Steve Taylor presented diplomas. 

AVC Communications broadcasted the graduation. You can view the ceremony on YouTube at 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z32HIMzA7lw or go to the AVC Communications website at https://yourradioplace.com/check-out-area-graduations-from-avc-communications/ for all area graduations. 

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