Oley Valley holds 111th commencement

Valedictorian Brianna Zettlemoyer speaks to the class of 2017.
Valedictorian Brianna Zettlemoyer speaks to the class of 2017. Lynn A. Gladieux — For Digital First Media
Seniors Sarah Gladieux and Timothy Gochanour share a laugh while waiting to receive their diplomas.
Seniors Sarah Gladieux and Timothy Gochanour share a laugh while waiting to receive their diplomas. Lynn A. Gladieux — For Digital First Media

Members of the class of 2017 walked the halls of Oley Valley High School one last time as they gathered to collect their diplomas on June 6.

Originally scheduled to be held outside on school grounds, the ceremony was moved inside due to inclement weather.

Superintendent Dr. Tracy Shank challenged the seniors to remember the power of their choices. “You have the power to choose to be positive or negative. Choose to live a life of integrity.”

Guest speaker Kevin Guldin, a 1986 alumni of Oley Valley and the owner of Oley Valley Feed Mill Inc., spoke on the topic, “Success in You.”

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“There is so much promise and potential in this room,” Guldin said. “You are our future.

“Believe in yourself, be tough and don’t give up. Remember who you are and have self-confidence.”

Valedictorian Brianna Zettlemoyer spoke on the topic, “Lessons to Live By.” Zettlemoyer said that many of us are worried about the rain rather than the rainbows. “Enjoy the good in life and cherish what you have,” she said.

Samantha Buzalewski, class salutatorian, spoke on the topic, “Roots.” Third Honors recipient Eve Freed’s speech was titled “Believe.”

After turning their tassels, principal Michael Stauffer said the graduates were ready to experience great things. “They show great potential to be exceptional leaders in industry, business, education and the military,” he said. “We wish them the best.”