Liberty grads look ahead

LIBERTY – The high school in this small farming community, one of the two high schools that will be left once North Penn High School closes in the fall, graduated 35 seniors in the class of 2014 Saturday.

The fact that there never will be another graduating class from the high school “as we know it” was not lost on class Valedictorian Alysson Zeafla.

“This may be the last class to graduate from Liberty High School, as we know it,” she said, “but the memories we have made here will never fade.”

Zeafla said her grandmother stood on the same stage 75 years ago, as her high school class valedictorian, and that she had delivered an address on honesty.

“(It’s) Something we should all strive for,” she said.

“Always remember where you came from, she added, “and the people who helped you get here.”

Keynote speaker Nathaniel Fry, Liberty High School Class of 2000, told the graduates to “use every experience” in every job they have on their way to what they want to do in life.

“Find something important from each one. You need to be able to excel at the little things before you can excel at the more prestigious things,” he said.

He also told them not to worry about the advice to “follow your dream.”

“Most of you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up yet,” he said. “If you aren’t sure of what your dream is yet, don’t despair; just keep paying attention to the things that excite you and if you find what you love to do, you will never work a day in your life.

“But don’t let your life go by without doing something with it,” he added.

Moments such as graduating from high school are a chance to “step back and take a breath and think. We are really living life here. This is what life is all about,” Fry said.