Outstanding Speakers Address 9,200 Graduates

May 20, 2003
More than 9,200 high school students and students in alternative programs are graduating and receiving diplomas from the Montgomery County Public Schools this spring. Twenty-eight schools have scheduled graduation ceremonies through June 13.

Commencement speakers include public officials, business leaders, journalists, authors, educators, and sports figures. The Honorable Celia Sandys, author, lecturer and granddaughter of Winston Churchill, will speak at Winston Churchill High School. The schedule of speakers also is highlighted by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist and author who will address graduates at Walt Whitman High School. Another widely known speaker is John Feinstein, author of a number of best selling books on sports, including “A Good Walk Spoiled.” He will speak at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduation.

Among the elected officials who will address graduates are Congressman Chris Van Hollen at Walter Johnson High School and County Executive Douglas Duncan, who will speak at both Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy high schools.

A number of teachers have been asked to be commencement speakers by the graduating class at their school. They include Grant Goldstein, English resource teacher at Col. Zadok Magruder High School; Terry Murray, resource art teacher at Springbrook High School; Harry T. Klugel, secondary program specialist at Mark Twain School will speak at Stephen Knolls School; Michael Hunt, social studies teacher at Paint Branch High School; Jan Schultz, social studies resource teacher at Poolesville High School; and Lisa Runyon, English teacher/drama director at Wheaton High School.

A complete list of graduation ceremonies, with speakers, times, dates and locations can be found at the link below.

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