It's the moment we strive for from the time we enter the first grade.
The final accomplishment of a dozen or so years of schooling.
For some it's the end of a formal education and the beginning of the reality of the business world (welcome to the world of FICA). For others it is yet another milestone on the way to higher education -- defined as schooling that you have to write a check for.
The Glen Burnie High School Class of 1992 has graduated. The band played "Pomp & Circumstance," they sang the school alma mater, people cried, and then it was over. The graduates will go off into the world as representatives of our community, a testament of our society's commitment to the future.
Within the class of 336 seniors were several who deserve special recognition.
The honor of graduating as class valedictorian was shared by two students this year -- Catherine DeGrange and Richard Gordon Jr. Carmen Jimenez delivered the salutatory address.
All three students are members of the National Honor Society and are candidates for the Certificate of Merit. Each also received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and the Merit Scholarship Award.
In addition to being selected as class valedictorians, DeGrange and Gordon were honored with the L. Todd Motley Award given by the Glen Burnie Kiwanis Club.
DeGrange's educational efforts were rewarded with the University of Maryland Baltimore County President's Scholarship, a National Honor Society Scholarship, a Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award.
When Gordon heads off to Carnegie Mellon University next fall, he will be able to use the scholarship money he received, including the Chesapeake Bay Roost Association of "Old Crows" Scholarship, the Glen Burnie Mutual Savings Bank Scholarship, an "It's Academic" Scholarship and a Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Inc. Bronfman Scholarship.
Carmen plans to attend Towson State University in the fall, with the help of a Senatorial Scholarship. She is also the recipient of a Distinguished Scholar Award.
Other scholarships and awards presented at the graduating ceremony included the following:
Natalie Ateto -- NAACP African-American Merit Award and Millersville State University Academic Scholarship.
Jennifer Bell -- Maryland State Delegate Scholarship.
Scott Bell -- Point Park College Athletic Scholarship.
Marcie Bently -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and Kiwanis Club of Glen Burnie Scholarship.
Terrie Busker -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship.
Robin Demers -- Dr. Solomon's Human Relations Award.
Robert Dunaway -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship.
Paula Durschlag -- Fleet's Business School Scholarship.
Neil Fluhr -- University of Maryland Baltimore County President's Scholarship and University of Maryland Baltimore County Honors Scholarship.
Josephine Fredholm -- The Katherine K. Frantum Scholarship.
Christina Gardiner -- University of Maryland Baltimore County "University" Scholarship, Scholarship For Scholars' Scholarship in Mathematics, Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist and National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Jeffrey Gross -- Elks Lodge of Glen Burnie Scholarship, Rotary Club of Glen Burnie Scholarship, Glen Burnie Centennial Scholarship, two Maryland State Delegate Scholarships and The Charles W. Whayland Scholarship.
Edmund Jean -- Tulane University Academic Scholarship.
Stacey Jordan -- St. Andrew's Presbyterian College "Outstanding Freshman" Scholarship and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Athletic Scholarship.
Cara Krol -- Loyola College of Maryland Presidential Scholarship and "It's Academic" Scholarship.
Michael Kubik -- Maryland State Delegate Scholarship.
L Nicole Lynn Martin -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship.
Cecelia Mau -- Civitan Club of Glen Burnie Scholarship.
Jessica McCann -- Maryland General State Scholarship.
Chennada McCoy -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, NAACP African-American Scholarship and Alph Mu Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kapps Inc. Educational Scholarship.
Kelly Miller -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and Panhellenic Club of Annapolis Scholarship.
Jacquelyn Patrick -- Maryland State General Scholarship.
Floyd Pinder III -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and Wiley H. Bates Memorial Scholarship, Charitable "Busy Bee" Scholarship and Alph Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship.
Candice Powell -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship.
Brent Reusing -- Maryland State Delegate Scholarship.
Shelly Reynolds -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, Southgate/Oakwood/Horizons Pharmacy Scholarship, Glen Burnie Centennial Scholarship and The J. Purnell Johnson Award from the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie.
Melissa Schaible -- Capital/Gazette Scholarship, National Honor Society Scholarship and College of Notre Dame of Maryland Presidential Scholarship.
Heather Schmidt -- Elks Lodge of Glen Burnie Scholarship, National Elks Scholarship, Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, Maryland State Delegate Scholarship, and Scholarships for Scholars Scholarship in Business Education.
Jennifer Schmidt -- National Honor Society Scholarship, Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship, and Maryland State Delegate Scholarship.
Heather Schneider -- University of North Carolina at Greensboro Talent in Music Scholarship.
Heather Smith -- American Softball Association Scholarship and East Carolina University Athletic Scholarship.
Melissa Jo Sykes -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship and Maryland State Delegate Scholarship.
Joy Turner -- Maryland State General Scholarship.
Abby Weldon -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship.
Melissa Zeman -- National Honor Society Scholarship, State of Maryland Merit Scholarship and Glen Burnie Centennial Scholarship.
Sherry Zimnawoda -- Maryland State Senatorial Scholarship Award and Charles Richter Memorial Award.
* As the budget belt tightens, public schools have turned to businesses in the community to help with the "extras" that help make the school year run smoothly for the students.
Charlene Pryseski, principal of Freetown Elementary School, says her school has a terrific partnership with D.M. Distributing Co.
Throughout the school year, the company has been a welcome presence at the school, whether it's a spokesman talking to the students at career day or a donation of refreshments for field day.
Last week the company donated a new school sign complete with landscaping.
Pryseski is pleased with the help of the neighboring businesses.
"It improves the corporation's image, it improves the school's image, and it improves the image of the community," says Pryseski.
The school sign project was coordinated by D.M. Sales Manager Tim Klug, with the assistance of Joe Klug, Bob Beckman and Mark Marsiglia.
The sign was produced by Ron Salisbury.
* Glen Burnie Stationers, 1702 Crain Highway, will host the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce's June Business Mixer, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., tomorrow.
Organized by Joe Enoch Sr. and Joe Enoch Jr., the social is an opportunity for local businesses to meet and network with other businesses in the community, while enjoying refreshments and hors' d'oeuvres.
Admission is $6 with a reservation and $10 at the door. To make a reservation, call the chamber office, 766-8282.
* Parents who wish to register their children for the fall religious education program at Holy Trinity Catholic Church should call the parish center, 768-3890, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
The program is open to parish families with preschoolers through eighth-graders. Children must reach age 4 by Dec. 31.
* Baseball card collectors should dig out their Chito Martinez cards. The Oriole player will be appearing at a baseball card show this Sunday at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Martinez appearing from noon to 2 p.m..
Admission is $2, and autographs are $1.
The show is sponsored by D.M. Distributing and Michael's Eighth Avenue, with proceeds from admissions benefiting the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.
For additional information, call 437-0900.
* Hurry, hurry, hurry. Three balls for a dollar. The one in the milk can is a winner. Yes, the Big Glen Burnie Carnival is just around the corner.
Have you always wondered how you could be part of the fun? Carnival Chairwoman Barbara Moeller is the person to see. Moeller has scheduled a meeting for anyone interested in volunteering to be part of the fun, 7:30 p.m., tomorrow at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall, 19 S. Crain Highway.
The carnival opens July 31 and continues through Aug. 8, excluding Sunday.
For more information, call the GBIA, 766-6760.