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Monday, June 17, 2019
Graduates Philip Vooz, Max Martinez and Zach Angerman are ready to celebrate after Northampton Area School District’s commencement, held June 1 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTIN Graduates Philip Vooz, Max Martinez and Zach Angerman are ready to celebrate after Northampton Area School District’s commencement, held June 1 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTIN
During his speech, Valedictorian Michael Kistler thanks his classmates, loved ones and the NASD staff for their support throughout the years. During his speech, Valedictorian Michael Kistler thanks his classmates, loved ones and the NASD staff for their support throughout the years.
The Northampton Area High School chorus sings “Defying Gravity” during the ceremony. The Northampton Area High School chorus sings “Defying Gravity” during the ceremony.
Graduate Summer Everett and her parents, Angela and Rob, join fellow graduate Elizabeth Heffelfinger and her mother, Nicole, to celebrate after Northampton Area School District’s commencement, held June 1 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. Graduate Summer Everett and her parents, Angela and Rob, join fellow graduate Elizabeth Heffelfinger and her mother, Nicole, to celebrate after Northampton Area School District’s commencement, held June 1 at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
Julia Seiling and McKenna Doyle share more than a common graduation date and alma mater. At the age of 1, they were adopted at the same time from the same province, Hubei, in China. They have remained best of friends through the years. Julia Seiling and McKenna Doyle share more than a common graduation date and alma mater. At the age of 1, they were adopted at the same time from the same province, Hubei, in China. They have remained best of friends through the years.
Katelyn Graver accepts flowers from her family — her parents, Julie and Paul; her grandparents, Paul and Ruth; her brother, Joshua, and his wife, Julie — after the ceremony. Katelyn Graver accepts flowers from her family — her parents, Julie and Paul; her grandparents, Paul and Ruth; her brother, Joshua, and his wife, Julie — after the ceremony.
Graduate Tranajah Mercer marks the special day with Melvin Peoples, Tyjay Newsome, Devin Dallip, Jah’rell Mercer, Tymel Peoples, Jada Malone, Mellajah Peoples, Ariel Perry and Dillan Dallip. Graduate Tranajah Mercer marks the special day with Melvin Peoples, Tyjay Newsome, Devin Dallip, Jah’rell Mercer, Tymel Peoples, Jada Malone, Mellajah Peoples, Ariel Perry and Dillan Dallip.
PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINThe NAHS orchestra performs during the commencement. PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTINThe NAHS orchestra performs during the commencement.
Class of 2019 members Tiffany Fuica and Bryce Panier are all smiles after the ceremony. Class of 2019 members Tiffany Fuica and Bryce Panier are all smiles after the ceremony.

‘It’s where memories are made’

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Class of 2019 grads celebrate success as Konkrete Kids

With “Pomp and Circumstance” echoing into the roof beams at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Northampton Area School District graduated its 118th high school class June 1.

The band, conducted by James Sansone, greeted graduates with a rousing welcome.

Northampton Area High School Principal Luke Shafnisky welcomed the graduates and their families. He took a moment to honor veterans and those in the class who chose to follow a military career.

The Class of 2019 was his first address to NAHS graduates. He was greeted by a round of applause to mark his successful first year.

NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik praised the Class of 2019 for its excellence.

“I looked up the dictionary definition of dare. It is the courage to contend against and be bold. It typifies this class,” he said.

The Class of 2019 had a rebirth of winning athletics for the school, a great musical presentation of “Mary Poppins” at the Freddy Awards and a slew of academic achievement and Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School awards.

Advanced Placement scholars with distinction — Laura Betzenberger, Aaron Eberts and Maxx Venzke — were noted. Betzenberger was also a National AP Scholar.

There is a strong affiliation among alumni of NAHS; the Class of 1969 was represented and recognized.

Kovalchik welcomed the new graduates into the alumni ranks.

Class officers for this year are Michael Kistler, president; Korina Zambrano, vice president; Madison Watson, secretary; and Tyler Gilliard, treasurer.

Kistler added valedictorian to his list of accomplishments. Gabrielle Demchak was this year’s salutatorian.

The student speakers relived the memories they created as they move on to find their careers.

“It is more than a building. It’s more than an education. It’s where memories are made,” Demchak said, recalling her time as a Konkrete Kid.

Kistler emphasized Northampton’s long tradition of success.

“The experiences we had in elementary school helped us to be the persons we are now,” Watson said while reflecting on her time in high school.

“What we learned here will serve us for the rest of our lives,” Zambrano said.

After the ceremony, graduates gathered with friends and family to celebrate their success.