GLEN ROCK - Led by a group of bagpipe players, 165 Glen Rock High School students walked onto their football field for the last time before they graduated June 22.
“High school has been the best part of my life to this point,” Josh Frissora, a graduate and future Louisville student, said. “I loved every aspect of it and I wish it didn't have to end.”
Glen Rock principal John Arlotta emceed the event. Salutatorian Katya Frangulova welcomed the crowd and her fellow graduates. Chris Theuerkauf was the valedictorian.
History teacher Paul McCrary offered emotional advice to the graduates.
“We are both going through the same thing,” he said. “We are leaving to another place.”
Because of a job opportunity for his wife, McCrary’s family will move to Washington state and he will continue his teaching career there.
Choking with emotion, McCrary offered advice to the graduating class.
“Take these next few years and take a class, one you haven't taken before,” he said. “Do something different because you may find an interest that you love doing.”
Principal John Arlotta spoke of his oldest son graduating elementary school and moving on to middle school.
“I remember dropping off my son at kindergarten with strangers who I trusted would treat him the same as I did.” Arlotta said. “Boy, where does time go?”
Some of the Glen Rock graduates seemed to feel the same.
Sergio Galvez looks forward to his future at Penn State but will miss the little things that made him happy in Glen Rock.
“I will miss walking into town with my parents to eat, and, my classmates. Not seeing them everyday will be an odd feeling.” he said.
Graduate Graham Reiss recognized his parents were feeling the day differently than him.
“My parents were more emotional than I was, especially my mom. She usually takes these kind of things pretty hard.” Reiss said.
Reiss talked about his parents and their impact on his life.
“My parents push me constantly but always give me my space. They are not over protective and have allowed me to be the person I want to be,” he said.
Reiss will attend the University of Maryland.
Graduate Vicky Rasmussen is on her way to the University of Connecticut, and she leaves with no regrets.
“I'm ending high school on a high note and there is nothing that I wish I could have done better,” Rasmussen said.
“I expect a lot from myself in the future. I hope that whatever I do, I do with the best of my abilities,” she said. “I'm very excited for what the future holds.”
Graduating student, Lizzie Alba, completed the ceremony by congratulating the class of 2017. The students then tossed their caps into the air, putting an end to a wonderful run at Glen Rock.