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MPAHS graduates 183 June 2

| Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Commencement exercises for Mount Pleasant Area High School will be held Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the school stadium, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the exercises will be moved to the junior high and senior high gymnasiums.

The new superintendent, Donald Tylinski, will offer remarks and students Jan Ansell and Rachel Bradley, will both address their 183 fellow graduating class members.

The two girls, who have been best friends since they were in second grade at Norvelt Elementary, will both speak on a quote from former president, John F. Kennedy.

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future," said Kennedy.

Ansell, daughter of Ben and Suzanne Ansell of Mount Pleasant, was involved in a multitude of activities while a student at Mount Pleasant Area High School, including the French club, student council, interact club where she was vice president, gamma omega, LOG, and marching band where she was the flute section leader.

She was the senior class president, community editor of the yearbook, the Laurel Highland's Chamber of Commerce October student of the month and homecoming queen.

She also participated in county chorus, district chorus, concert choir, girl's ensemble, national honor society, SADD, Tri-M music honor society, wind ensemble and Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR). She will participate in a missions trip to Guyana, South America this summer.

Ansell is the recipient of the following honors and awards: Westmoreland County Association of Educational Secretaries and Office Personnel scholarship, Mount Pleasant Rotary Scholastic Achievement scholarship, Marine Scholastic Excellence Award, Mount Pleasant Alumni Scholarship and DAR Good Citizen Award.

She will attend Grove City College in the fall and will major in business.

Bradley, daughter of Rick and Pam Bradley of Norvelt, also participated in a multitude of activities while at Mount Pleasant Area High School, including varsity tennis, student council, marching band, county band, concert band, French club, interact club, gamma omega and national honor society.

She was the editor for the school newspaper and the theme editor for the yearbook, the senior class representative of student government and the Laurel Highland's Chamber of Commerce June student of the month.

Bradley is the recipient of the following honors and awards: The Susquehanna University merit scholarship, the W. Edward Overly scholarship, the Bausch and Lomb science award and the U.S. Navy Science award.

She will attend Susquehanna University in the fall where she will major in journalism and minor in marketing.

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