Congratulations to the 382 members of the Bethel Park High School Class of 2017, who graduated on Saturday, June 17!
Addressing the packed gymnasium were Salutatorian Elizabeth Jensen, who talked about how appreciative she was of all of the educational opportunities that she was afforded at Bethel Park. She quoted hockey great Wayne Gretzky when she reminded her classmates, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
Valedictorian Kyle Coplan encouraged his classmates to surround themselves with supportive friends and reminded them that without aspirations, they could lose their way.
Senior Class President Maggie Lewandowski delivered the Senior Farewell and talked about how quickly the years have passed by, before wishing her classmates well in their future endeavors.
Also addressing the audience was Bethel Park High School Principal Dr. Zeb Jansante, who encouraged the students to be the "next innovators" who will "take our nation to the next level."
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla called the Class of 2017 "excellent role models" who are leaving a "mark of excellence" on Bethel Park. He also told them to "believe you can make a difference and people will believe in you."
Of this year's graduating class, 47 percent graduated with honors. Eighty-two students graduated with Highest Honors, which means they had a QPA or 4.0 or higher; 46 students graduated with Honors (QPA between 3.75 to 3.99) and 52 students graduated with Honors (QPA between 3.50 and 3.749).
Seventy-one percent of this year's graduates will attend a four-year college; 18% will attend a 2-year college; 5% will attend a trade or technical school; 3% are headed to the workforce and 1% will enter the military.
Retired Brigadier General Mark Bellini was on-hand to introduce the seven graduates who will pursue the military, as representatives from their respective branches of the armed forces were on-hand to present them with their diplomas.
Leading the Tassel Ceremony were Maggie Lewandowski, PACS President Carolyn Cook, Student Government President Zoe Zilcosky and National Honor Society President Jeffrey Hoffmann.
Congratulations, Class of 2017! Thank you for the memories and all of the positive recognition you brought to your school and your community. Best wishes as you begin this next chapter in your lives! Wishing you all much success!
Please click here to see some photos from this year's Commencement Ceremony.
Please click on the links below to see a list of the Class of 2017's Future Plans and the Scholarships earned by the Class of 2017.
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