West Branch Legal Eagles Graduate

ALLPORT – Words of wisdom were not in short supply at the graduation of the first class of Legal Eagles at West Branch Elementary.

Van Johnson, guidance counselor, told the students, “The only real mistake is one from which you learn nothing.”

From Bill Hayward, elementary principal, came, “Stand up for what’s right even when you stand alone.”

When the West Branch Legal Eagles graduated May 11, they joined more than 1,000 others who have graduated from the program during the last six years at other schools.

Students also welcomed special guests Steamer from the Altoona Curve and Channel 10 News Anchor Carolyn Donaldson.

Bob E. Day of wOK!w has been involved with the program for several years and emceed the May 11 event. He told the students, “We try to recognize people of merit, and you are definitely people of merit.”

Clearfield County Deputy Sheriff Jerry Nevling left the students with a story about humility (read the Curwensville Legal Eagles graduation story for Nevling’s tale), reminding them to laugh in life.

“Don’t ever be afraid to laugh at yourselves!” he said.

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