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CARL KOLOGIE: First grandson graduates

by on June 15, 2014 1:50 AM

It was just what I needed to restore my faith in mankind and to renew the hope that — despite the tumult and chaos throughout the world today — the future of our country is in good hands.

Bad news is seemingly in the headlines every day.

But here is the good news.

Friday evening I attended my grandson Ryan’s graduation from Saucon Valley High School.

I walked out of that auditorium with a positive thought: There is no way this generation of graduates is going to let this scary state of affairs continue.

There was an air of pride and confidence in the stride of each of the 180 graduates as they made their way across the stage to accept their diploma that elevated them to the status of alumni of the school in Hellertown, Pa.

This is the same ceremony enacted this month at high schools throughout the nation and you can bet that the proud parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of the graduates feel as strongly about their favorite grads who will also have a say in the future.

It was announced that the valedictorian would be attending the University of Pittsburgh and the salutatorian was enrolled at Yale. Then they delivered their address together, which is unique, but it was done very well.

There was also a two-page list of the academic and athletic awards achieved by members of the class, which solidified my thinking concerning the leaders of tomorrow.

As one of the featured speakers, Mario Marcozzi, a member of the faculty, wove in the theme of “family” during his impressive address to the graduates.

It was a memorable evening and was made even more so because Ryan was one of the graduates that wore the honor society collar with the traditional cap and gown.

Ryan’s parents, Craig and Carla, were able to locate seats in the balcony for his brother Nathan, who will be a senior next year at Saucon Valley; his grandmothers, Carole Panaia and Sonia Kologie, and her friend Keith Porter, all of Indiana; his uncle, Frank Kologie, of Penn Hills, and yours truly.

And on a humorous note, as if the family wasn’t enough of a cheering section, Ryan’s dad recruited friends in the row in front of ours to add noise as he latched on to his diploma. That got lots of laughs.

Ryan will now attend the main campus at Penn State University and begins with the summer session later this month.

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If you happen to see trucks lugging around projectors this week or people who look familiar, like movie stars, it is because filming of the Hope Films’ production of “Southpaw” begins Monday and will probably continue through the end of the month.

Many residents from the Indiana County area have been notified they will be included as extras in the movie about a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Antoine Fuqua is the director and Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams are the stars of the film.

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And to all you Dads, have a great day.

Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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