It's time for the Shippensburg high school Class of 2016 to shine.
After four years together, the Greyhounds walked the stage Thursday to get their paws on their well-deserved diplomas.
Nearly half of the graduates were honor students with a GPA of 3.3 or above.
“The Class of 2016 is a special and unique class,” Principal Bruce Levy said of the 249 seniors.
Natalie Nye and Garret Cavanaugh earned the titles valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
The Shippensburg Senior High School Orchestra opened the evening with “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” and brought in graduates with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Class President Chelsea Pyne addressed the audience with pride for her class.
“We are all part of this diversified class that has learned together over the years,” she said. “This is our time to shine.”
Senior Sharps and the Senior Class Chorus sang “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and “Seasons of Love” for the audience of parents, siblings, relatives, friends and neighbors.
Student speakers Audrey Goates, Natalie Nye and Alan Tolbert recalled various achievements of their class, and encouraged their peers to succeed in their pursuits after graduation.
Goates plans to attend Brigham Young University for civil engineering.
“This has not been easy,” she said. “We are making decisions that shape the rest of our lives.”
Nye will attend Elizabethtown College for international business and Spanish. She hopes her peers use their talents to the fullest, whether they become doctors, farmers or stay-at-home moms, she said.
“Oh, and if you do become famous, don’t forget your roots,” she quipped. “The school could use a new stadium.”
Tolbert wants to attend Temple University for trumpet performance.
“Do not live your life in fear of failure,” he said. “Make mistakes and learn.”
After the speeches, art teachers Christopher Martin and Aric Sites announced the graduates’ names while Principal Levy and School Board President Mark Buterbaugh handed out diplomas.
Class Vice President Noah Auman presented the class gift of water fountains with refill stations to the school and $1,000 to the Nurses’ Benevolent Fund.
After the ceremony, the graduates filed out of the Luhrs Center, leaving the microcosm of high school behind and moved on to the next chapter of their lives.
The following seniors are part of Shippensburg's Class of 2016:
Nia Grace Adams, Susanna Suyapa Adams, Karrah Mae Adkins, Brandon Lee Bailey, Justas Mikeal Bailey, Emily Katherine Barner, Colton Ray Batzel, Abigail Christine Bender, Mariah Corine Besecker, Kaitlyn Nicole Bowermaster, Brandie Marie Bowers, Courtney Taylor Bracken-Bollinger, Tyler Micheal Breon, Samantha Rae Busby, Joshua Matthew Buterbaugh, Samantha Kaci Carr, Logan Tre Chamberlin-Russell, Jasmine Lasha Chambers, Joell Prince Chandler, Bailey Tobias Chavez, Cassidy Ray Chestnut, Jordan Micaela Crawford, Dillon Nevada Crider, Brandon James Crouse, Amanda LaShell Curtis, Taylor Nicole Davidson, Sarah Elizabeth Davison, Jakob Carson Daywalt, Jesliana Ellis Delgado, Dakota Duane Diller, Dylan John Dimoff, Tyler Davis Dodd, Kiersten Nicole Doyle, Dylan Thomas Earnest, Alex Edward Eckenrode, Colin Nicolas Eichelberger, Manuel Brian Espinoza-Garcia, Jonathan Eric Fabian, Cody Allen Farner, Tyanna Sabree Feathers, Hanah Payge Ferrell, Ian Michael Fields, Clinton Allan Foster, Porsche Lin Foust, David Michael Fow, Carly Fitzgerald Freeman, Payton Mikeal Fridinger, Cole Davidson Friese, Taylor Lynn Frohm, Andrew Dale Furry, Sarah Christine Garrett, Jade-Lynn Marie Geedy, Savannah Dawn George, Catelyn Verajean Gipe, Tessa Leann Gontz, Taylor Elizabeth Hahn, Caitlin Marie Harris, Kenneth Neil Harrison, Aaron Lee Haubert, Rachel Renee Heberlig, Tyler Alexander Heckman, Zane Franklin Hershey, Shuntan La’Ray Hickman, Jr., Darryl Sade Hockenberry, Ali Irfan, Taya Kilani Jenkins, Emily Katherine Johnson, Kaitlyn Michelle Johnson, Nadir Dequan Jones, Tiffany Page Jones, Wade Ryan Kann, Anthony Donald Keefer, Erin Nichole Keppley, Kirsten Nichole Killian, Laurell Beth Killian, Pawel Grzegorz Kos, Christal Linne Krall, Anthony Robert Landi, Brady Michael Lannen, Courtney Marie Lawson, Jennifer Gail LeMay, Lydia Lemus-Contreras, Christopher Anthony Lloyd, Brandon John Loftus, Gryphon Joseph Lucas, Kobe Jaylen Marsico, Taylor Dawn Mason, Jacqueline Rose McCardell, Randi Leigh McClune, Brooke Ann McKee, Alina Breann McKnight, Roy Lee McGowan, Paige Caroline Miller, Devin Joseph Mills, Wade Benjamin Mills, Sky Alexis Miner, Amber Lea Mitchell, Anna Jordan Musgrave, Hannah Margaret Nawa, Nathaniel Joseph Noel, Bailey Rachael Ott, Desiree Leann Ott, Emily Elizabeth Ott, Mitchell Gregory Ott, Elizabeth Diane Overcash, Maria May Owens, Levi Carmen Petrone, Cortney Rose Pratt, Bryan Andrew Preudhomme, Gregory Lee Pridgen, Cameron Taylor Rebok, Ian Richard Reed, Spencer Martin Richardson, Keisha Patrice Ross, Hunter Riley Rowles, Nicole Elizabeth Saar, Holly Noelle Scott, Erika Sharae’ Shadd, Nathaniel Harrison Sheffield, Donovan Isaac Sheppard, Faith Nicole Shields, Kari Michelle Sigler, Arian Michelle Spero, Jozlyn Donae Statum, Teagan Campbell Staver, Andrea Eryn Stevenson, Tyler Mason Stine, Mason Storm Strait, Cierra Jane Strayer, Jason Brian Stumbaugh, Kayleen Elizabeth Sydnor, Alexandra Christina Tarner, Jessica Ann Tipton, Quinton Louis Tonkin, Jayla Jae VanBrakle, Wyatt Levi Varner, Jacob Alexander Walterhouse, Elizabeth Ellen Ward, Austin James Watson, Evan James Weikel, Zachariah James Wilson, Torie Lynn Wolford, Felix Alexander Young, Armin Zejcirovic and Kaysey Rae Lynn Zimmerman.
Seniors who graduated with honors include:
SunLee Adams, Luke Matthew Ashberry, Noah Grant Auman, Alesha Kay Bake, Tiffany Yolanda Bass, Nicole Dianna Belanger, Nicholas Andrew Bibby, Jacob Tod Bowers, Sean Michael Braet, Hannah Marie Britcher, Hailey Beth Bryett, Ethan Robert Burkholder, Sarah Beth Burkholder, Garret Cavanaugh, Rachel Sarah Coldsmith, Alexis Nicole Coover, Andrea Nicole Crawford, Jeremy Lee Crouse, Austin William Diehl, MacKenzie Rae Durf, Katie Lynn Eichelberger, Kristina Rene’ Esch, Madison Lynn Eutzy, Tanna Elizabeth Falvey, Hannah Ruth Famulare, Jacqueline Paige Ferrell, Amber Renee Fickes, Brady Steven Forrester, Tyler Chase Forrester, Kendra Lynn Freeman, Elsheva Fried, Audrey Annette Goates, Madeline Mae Goodhart, Alissa Michelle Green, Tyler Evan Gustafson, Olivia June Gutshall, Bryce Jordan Hammond, Eleanor Katherine Hargrove, Lillie Margaret Hawkins, Megan Ashley Hoch, KateLynne Michelle Hummel, Annmarie Theresa Illicete, Kendra Annaleise Jeffries, Hunter Michael Johnson, Erica Lynn Jones, Taylor Lynn Junkin, Dijana Katic, Jared Carson Keim, Emily Alekhine Kennedy, Job Michael Kitzmiller, Zoey Elise Kramer, Jacob Benjamin Kriner, Emilyn Renee LaBonte, Erin Elizabeth Laughlin, Scarlett Anissa Lehman, Alexis Christine Lohr, Nathaniel Noah Marpoe, Cheyenne Mae Marzullo, Nicholas Aaron Massey, Rianon Grace McKee, Evan Victor Mowery, Mary Ellise Myers, Veronica Lynn Nazari, Cierra Faith Noel, Natalie Mickey Nye, Kaila Leann Ocker, Madchen Grace Orseno, Yvette Marie Paey, Leah Elizabeth Piper, Caitlin Sue Porter, Sandra Deann Pridgen, Chelsea Elizabeth Pyne, Clarissa Lynn Rexroth, Miranda Kaitlyn Rhodes, Ethan Kenwood-Sackett Risser, Gabrielle Bethany Michael Robbins, Taylor Nicole Ross, Dylan Spencer Rotz, Shelby JoLynne Rowles, Taha Shabbir Shamshudin, Isaac Jeddidiah Sheaffer, Braxton Isaac Shetter, Quinn Lee Slattery, Haley Alexis Slocu, Dylan Michael Smith, Skyler Christian Smith, Kyle Anthony Starliper, Brady Thomas Steinour, Jacob Lee Surratt, Brandt Robert Swartz, Kaitlyne Elizabeth Swenson, Hailey Jaylynn Tanger, Kelby Ray Taylor, Alan Douglas Tolbert, Madison Elena Torres, Haley Renee Vanasdlen, Matthew Todd West, Victoria Lynn Rose Williamson, Daquan Lee Woods, Bree Elizabeth Wright, Erin Lynn Wyrick, Noelle Joy Zeigler and Evelyn Ziemkiewicz.