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Nativity BVM graduates told to work hard, serve others

Nativity BVM graduates told to work hard, serve others
07 Jun
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JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Casian Flowers smiles after receiving his diploma during the 62nd annual commencement exercises Tuesday in the gymnasium at Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville.

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Principal Lynn Sabol shakes hands with Salutatorian Connor Burke, 18, of Saint Clair, as he approaches the podium to give his speech during the 62nd annual Commencement Exercises in the gymnasium at Nativity B.V.M. High School in Pottsville on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

POTTSVILLE — The 2018 graduating class of Nativity BVM was told to work hard, pursue their dreams and remember their time at the school.

Fifty-one seniors graduated Tuesday in the gymnasium while family and friends shared in the milestone. It was the 62nd commencement at the school.

“Love what you do and do what you love,” Lee Strause, studies coordinator, told the crowd.

He said people sometimes go to work and are looking forward to the end of the day so they can leave because they do not enjoy their occupation. Even if the focus is on the money they make, if they don’t enjoy what they do, is it worthwhile. He ended by quoting Spock from “Star Trek.”

“Live long and prosper,” Strause said, adding he wanted them to have a great life.

Salutatorian Connor Burke continued the message of pursuing your passion. He said he loves baseball and wants to continue playing it as long as possible. He will have the chance to do so at Penn College, Williamsport. He didn’t know he would be selected to play, but he never gave up and continued to put forth effort.

“In pursuit of your goals, things will not always fall into place. Don’t get discouraged. Change what you can change, forget about the rest. Never give up your dreams,” Burke said.

He urged everyone to give forth consistent effort and to always try again if at first one doesn’t succeed.

“Always play hard because you never know who is watching,” he said. “Do not give up. Do things the right way and don’t cut corners. Be true to yourself. Act like someone is always watching. Because one day they may just be and you might get the break you were waiting for.”

He ended his speech by quoting Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Valedictorian Joseph Manus reminisced about the years spent at the school. He said the experiences they had made them who they are.

He said the education they received at the school will serve them well in life.

“Our Catholic education has given us a unique perspective on life. We were taught to be aware of one another, to care for each other and that we are all worthy of respect. There were times we strayed from these teachings, but I ask that you remember them in your future endeavors. Only by helping and caring for one another, can we make our world a better place,” he said.

With the next chapter of their lives before them, he said they should exhibit determination in their goals.

“Thomas Edison once said, ‘The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.’ ”

Manus believes that his fellow graduates possess those qualities.

“When you go to college, the workforce, the union or trade school, I ask that you give it your all. If you work hard, persevere, use your common sense, and serve others, success is sure to come,” he said.

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