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Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School celebrated its 173rd baccalaureate and commencement May 27 and 28, as 131 seniors from five states in the United States and 14 other countries completed their high school educations. Sunday, May 28, Sem held its commencement exercises on the back campus on North Maple Avenue, Kingston. Randolph Granger, academic dean and social sciences faculty member at Sem, gave the charge to the graduates. In his speech Granger encouraged the students to continue to be effective, positive role models for their future peers, to be patient and kind when confronting challenges and to celebrate the many small joys of life. “Many of you have had to navigate the path of balancing your academic, social and personal lives, and all of you have had to learn how to prioritize the problems and issues that come at you on a daily basis,” he said. “It is in handling all of these problems or unintended challenges here that have made each and every one of you better people. While we are first and foremost a college preparatory school rooted in an academic mission, the lessons you have learned outside the classroom can indeed be some of the most valuable of your early life.” Kevin P. Rea, Wyoming Seminary president, presented awards while Board of Trustees Chairman attorney Richard M. Goldberg ’55, awarded diplomas. Jill Stretanski, of Shavertown, Spanish teacher and co-coordinator of the Accelerated Placement (AP) program at Sem, received the Frances and Louis Maslow Upper School Teaching Award in recognition of her effective teaching, support of the academic program and ideals of the teaching profession and for her positive influence on the lives of the students. The day concluded with a reception for students and families on the back campus of the school on North Maple Avenue. Baccalaureate services were held Saturday in the Church of Christ Uniting, Market Street and Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Dr. John C. Bravman, president of Bucknell University, delivered the baccalaureate address. The Rev. Charles Carrick, Sem chaplain, led the service. Members of the Class of 2017 from the greater Pittston area are, first row from left: Brenna Satkowski, Dupont; Reeya Lele, Pittston; Katherine Romanowski, West Pittston; Alexandra Peck, West Pittston; Alexis Sokach, West Pittston, and Nicole Rose Lukesh, Wyoming. Second row: Dominick D’Alessandro, West Pittston; Georgio Vavlas, Pittston; Samir Singh, Jenkins Township; Connor Switzer, Harding, and Connor McGowan, Pittston.