Dr. Robert E. Jenks of Millville, N.J., was the principal speaker at the sixty-first annual commencement exercises held last evening at the Coaldale High School.
He told the graduating class, “Outstanding accomplishments down through the years were done by young people. Live meaningfully and significantly. All worthwhile things in life have a price, those who know what they want in life are prepared to pay for it. Know what you want and be determined to pay the price.
He further admonished, “Knowledge and intelligence are important but you also need a courageous and adventurous faith. The first law of life is giving. Learn to give. Only by the outgo of our lives we learn the meaning of living. God has created us to give.”
The program opened with the processional, at which time the members of the class were preceded to the stage by the members of the faculty who were attired in caps and gowns signifying their degrees and the colleges or universities from which they were graduated.
The boys of the class were attired in maroon caps and gowns and the girls in white. They made their entrance to the stage through a flowered arch situated at the rear of the stage.
The invocation was given by the Rev. George A. Lyford, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Coaldale. Michael Panchura, president of the class, introduced the guest speaker.
After the address to the graduates, William Edwards and the class sang the class song. Randolph B. Harvey, supervising principal, awarded honors to the deserving students. Stephen Radocha, president of the board of education, made the presentation of diplomas.
The program ended with the Graduate’s Prayer by the class; benediction by Rev. Daniel Pavelchak, pastor of St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, and the “Alma Mater” by the class.
The class officers are: Michael Panchura, president; Thomas Zak, vice-president; Theresa Kachurak, secretary; Richard Miller, treasurer. Class colors are black and gold; class flower, gold baby orchid; class motto, “Not Finished Just Begun.”
Class advisors were Thomas P. Raymer and Stephen J. Martinec. The pages for the evening were Robert Berger and Robert J. Hoffman; the organist was Janice Makovec.
Members of the graduating class are: Robert Brunda, Robert Cipko, Patricia Heins, John Jupin, Theresa Kachurak, Edward Kassak, Gene Keenly, Anthony Matula, Richard Miller, Thomas Moyer, Norman Nesterak, Stephen Orach, Michael Panchura, Thomas Sabol, Dorothy Sicenavage, Marianne Smith, Judith Trubilla and Thomas Zak; Ann Marie Burns, William Edwards, Georgia Mackay, James McLaughlin, Joseph Popik, Beverly Roncek, Mary Ann Taras; Charles Barron, Richard Domin, Walter Fedora, Richard Horos, John Miller and James Mock.
Seven seniors who made the National Honor Society were introduced during last night’s commencement exercises. They are Theresa Kachurak, Edward Kassak, Richard Miller, Norman Nesterak, Marianne Smith, Judith Trubilla and Thomas Zak. First and second in the academic group were Norman Nesterak and Thomas Zak, while Beverly Roncek and Mary Ann Taras rated in that order in the commercial group.
Other honors included mathematics, Norman Nesterak; typing, Beverly Roncek; English, Theresa Kachurak, Edward Kassak, Anthony Matula, Richard Miller, Norman Nesterak, Marianne Smith and Judith Trubilla; science, Norman Nesterak; Latin, Norman Nesterak; Spanish, Theresa Kachurak, Edward Kassak, Norman Nesterak, Michael Panchura and Thomas Zak.
Shorthand, Beverly Roncek; boys’ scholastic average, Norman Nesterak; bookkeeping, Beverly Roncek; secretarial, Beverly Roncek; social studies, Marianne Smith and Norman Nesterak; scholastics, Norman Nesterak; scholastic runner-up, Thomas Zak; girls’ scholastic, Theresa Kachurak; scholastic excellence, Norman Nesterak; physical education, Richard Miller, Judith Trubilla and Norman Nesterak; leadership, service and patriotism, Marianne Smith; art, Judith Trubilla and William Edwards; athlete scholastic, Richard Miller; Russian, Marianne Smith and Anthony Matula; boy and girl scholastic, Norman Nesterak and Theresa Kachurak.
Outdoot sportsmanship, Richard Miller; service to school and community, Norman Nesterak, Judith Trubilla, Marianne Smith and Theresa Kachurak; athlete earning most letters, Michael Panchura and Edward Kassak; outstanding athlete, Edward Kassak; best citizen-worker, James McLaughlin; best attendance 11 years, Judith Trubilla; instrumental music, Dorothy Sicenavage; science plaque, Norman Nesterak; organist, Marianne Smith; loyalty and cooperation, Beverly Roncek and Anthony Matula; R.B. Harvey award, Norman Nesterak.
Band sweaters, Theresa Kachurak, John Miller, Dorothy Sicenavage, Marianne Smith, Judith Trubilla and Beverly Roncek; SCA sweater, James McLaughlin and Richard Horos; oratory, Marianne Smith and Norman Nesterak; Stentor, Norman Nesterak, James McLaughlin, Anthony Matula, Dorothy Sicenavage and Ann Marie Burns; American Legion, Marianne Smith and Norman Nesterak; standing in class, Norman Nesterak, Thomas Zak, Theresa Kachurak, Marianne Smith, Richard Miller and Anthony Matula.