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Frazier's 72 seniors to graduate on Friday

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Student speakers at Frazier School District’s commencement ceremonies on Friday are (from left) Caitlyn Brown, 18; valedictorian Collin Nutt, 18; salutatorian Zachery Wyckoff, 18; and Christian Katic, 18.

Frazier School District will graduate 72 seniors during commencement ceremonies 7 p.m. Friday in the high school auditorium.

“I can't say enough about all of the accomplishments of this graduating class,” Principal Chris Sefcheck said. “I have received great compliments and positive comments from the community, parents and faculty about these students. We have some really great students coming out of this class.”

Brief comments, farewell addresses and acknowledgements will be presented by school officials and members of the administration. Four graduating seniors will deliver speeches to their classmates.

They are valedictorian Collin Nutt, 18; salutatorian Zachery Wyckoff, 18; Caitlyn Brown, 18; and Christian Katic, 18.

• Nutt was senior class president, vice president for the National Honor Society, president of Future Business Leaders of America and attorney for his Mock Trial Team. He is lead singer and guitarist for “Fayettenam,” a local band that plays classic rock, blues and country music.

“I plan to speak of false expectations and how one must form goals that exceed personal expectations to ensure success,” Nutt said.

While excited for the opportunity to address his classmates, Nutt said the experience will bittersweet. “I am happy that I have the chance to speak to the class as a whole, as this will be the last time I have the chance ... I will most likely never see some of my fellow classmates ever again.”

Nutt will attend Penn State Main Campus, to pursue a bachelor's degree with a dual major in finance and economics.

He is the son of Kelly and Karl Nutt of Fayette City.

• Wyckoff was drum major for Frazier Marching Band his senior year, member of the computer club, member of the National Honor Society, has been active in Boy Scouts for 12 years, and works at the Boy Scout Summer Camp at the Heritage Reserve in Farmington.

Wyckoff said his final speech will be based on how accepting everyone was to him when he entered the district in junior high.

“I am going to be reflecting on how everyone has helped me,” Wyckoff said. “I came to the district in the seventh grade and everyone was so welcoming and accepting. I want to tell them how amazing this school has been.”

Wyckoff said he is looking forward to addressing his classmates. “I'm excited. I'm glad to have the opportunity to speak to them and to tell them ‘good luck' as they go out into the new world.”

Wyckoff plans to attend West Virginia University, where he will major in engineering.

He is the son of Amy and Robert Wyckoff of Perryopolis.

“The academic levels that these seniors achieved was above and beyond what was expected,” Sefcheck said. “These are a great group of kids.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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