No one knows how it started, they just all did it. Each member of the 1991 C. Leon King High School senior class pointed a right index finger in the air on Wednesday as they swayed side to side while singing the school's alma mater. As senior members of the chorus began to sing their class song, Bette Midler's From a Distance,tears and smiles mixed as graduates said goodbye to their school and fellow classmates.
"Remember what we shared here as you go out to conquer the world," said senior class president Tracy Crippen to the 502 graduates.
School board member Faye Culp congratulated the seniors on their accomplishments as a class.
"You have done more in the last 12 years than my high school class, which was 34 years ago," she said. "You have more to offer to the world than any other class before you."
Principal Frank Scaglione said the entire class won more than $900,000 in scholarships and had two National Merit scholars, Irene Bassel and Douglas E. Matthews.
Salutatorian Christine Ruediger said the class should concentrate on giving instead of taking from society.
Valedictorian Clark MacCullough emphasized five concepts to his classmates: success, happiness, the environment, love and peace.
"It's the most awesome experience I've had in my life or ever hope to have," said Cathy Zambrano, 18, who was the last graduate of the 1991 class.
_ DANIEL J. VARGAS