Egg Harbor Township High School honors its Class of 2014 (SLIDESHOW)

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Laura Stetser/The graduates in EHTHS Class of 2014 are welcomed into the stadium Laura Stetser/The graduates in EHTHS Class of 2014 are welcomed into the stadium

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Some cheered and some cried, but all of the students honored during Egg Harbor Township High School’s Class of 2014 graduation turned a page in their own life stories on Friday, June 20 as they shifted from students to alumni of Atlantic County’s largest high school.

The 638-member class was dressed in black, grey and white robes as they were greeted by a stadium fully packed with supportive friends and family, some of whom had arrived two hours in advance to get the choice seats.

Laura Stetser/Families show their pride Laura Stetser/Families show their pride  

After all of the graduates took their seats on the field, Valedictorian Anthony Hoang encouraged his classmates to “get a life.”

“Go out there and live your life,” said Hoang, who will attend Rutgers University. “Strive for that career of your dreams. Discover new places and new experiences. Life is the best thing that was ever given to each and every one of us, and you have no business taking it for granted and throwing it away.”

Egg Harbor Township High School is the largest school in the county, a detail that was not lost on Salutatorian Tyler Wan.

“Looking out at the graduating Class of 2014 today, I realize that I still don’t know half of your names,” Wan said as the crowd laughed. “The immense size and cultural range of EHT has given each of us our own opportunity to make profound connections and open ourselves to different individual experiences, which in turn have molded us into whom we are today. But much as the physical enormity of our school has individualized us, it has also paradoxically helped draw many of us together.” 

A school this large creates space for everyone said Wan, explaining the class’s philosophy, “nobis.”

“Nobis means ‘us’,” said Wan, who will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. “No matter how divided we seem, we’re all a part of the same grand scheme.”

Each student was then recognized individually and walked in what Class President Lezlie Allyn Plaza called “a long, complex, though beautifully executed, procession to receive their diplomas.”

“The Class of 2014 is finally moving on; new doors are opening for us,” the Rutgers-bound graduate told her peers. “We will not be coming back to school on Monday. After tonight, we will no longer be constrained within these walls. Whether we go to college, enter the military, head straight to work or indulge in traveling, boundless experiences await us.”

National Honor Society President Joseph Abbate, Principal Terry Charlton and Board of Education President James Galvin also addressed the large crowd.

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