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“I feel pumped, I feel official and I’m ready for the world,” Mae Alice Brown said as she anxiously waited to walk across the stage at Aberdeen High School Tuesday and bring to a close 12 years of school.

Brown was not alone in her feeling of accomplishment and pride as 331 seniors in the Class of 2010 said good-bye to Aberdeen High School and hello to their futures at Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.

“Aberdeen was a great footstool to get going in life,” Brown said. “To the freshman, I would say take advantage of everything Aberdeen has to offer because it will all pay off in the long run.”

Aberdeen High School’s ceremony was one of three high school commencements in Harford County Tuesday. Joppatowne and Bel Air High Schools also bid adieu to their seniors.

Decked in the school colors — the boys in blue and the girls in gold — members of Aberdeen’s Class of 2010 proudly walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned and well-deserved diplomas, marking the end of their public school education.

“Thank you all for what you as a group have contributed to the legacy at Aberdeen High School,” Principal Thomas Szerensits said.

Senior Class President Emily Hogan addressed her classmates and friends for the last time as a high school student Tuesday.

“This is the last time we will be sitting together and being recognized as the Class of 2010,” she said.

Hogan focused her speech on how the students have changed over their four years at Aberdeen and how they will continue to change as they move forward. But she emphasized the one thing that will stay the same: friends.

“Four years brought us changes, friendship held us strong,” Hogan said, adding that without friends the students would have nothing.

Several dignitaries were at Aberdeen’s graduation, and a few offered the graduates words of wisdom.

“I ask you to live big in a way that matters – live for others,” Harford Del. Mary-Dulany James said, adding that one of the best things the graduates can do in life is to give kindness.

Harford Del. Wayne Norman offered three pieces of advice for the anxious graduates to take with them in their future endeavors: “Tell the truth, give 100 percent in everything you do in life and hug your parents and give them thanks.”

The seniors had been waiting all year for Tuesday’s ceremony and emotions ran high as they lined up and waited for an hour before the ceremony began.

Diamond Beasley waited upstairs in the hallway with her friend, Daleneque Davis, for the seniors to be called to the gymnasium for their big day.

“I’m excited I won’t have class every day,” Beasley said.

Beasley said she is also excited to gain some independence with her next step in life at the University of Baltimore, where she plans to live in an apartment.

“We had a good class and Aberdeen is a good school to come to for experience,” she said.

Davis joined Beasley in expressing excitement for the future as she plans to go to Medix Technical Career Training School in Towson to become a nurse.

“I like helping people,” she said.

Beasley and Davis spent time recollecting their favorite times at Aberdeen, and for both of the seniors, prom was an important part of their high school careers.

In another part of the hallway, Daniel Freidly and Matt Huber, friends and soccer teammates, also waited patiently for the ceremony to begin.

“It just hit me,” Freidly said about the thought of graduating becoming a reality. “I’m not sad, I’m excited.”

For Freidly and Huber, some of the best memories at Aberdeen didn’t happen in the classroom, but on the soccer field.

“We are upset soccer is over and we can’t play anymore,” Huber said.

“Soccer was always the best,” Freidly said.

While soccer may be a thing of the past for Freidly and Huber, the door to their future has just opened.

Freidly is planning to go to Harford Community College to study a field related to underwater welding, and Huber is planning to join the Air Force.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Huber said, adding that his parents really influenced him to join the military.

As Huber looks to the future, he will be sure not to forget his time as an Eagle at Aberdeen High School.

“I’m going to miss everyone – my friends and my teachers,” he said.


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