LEWISBURG — Happiness is a must if you want to be successful, Valedictorian Alexandra Markunas told the Lewisburg High School graduating class of 2018, at Saturday’s commencement.

“Life is not Burger King and we won’t always have it our way,” Markunas said to the 172 graduates. “Success itself will not bring happiness and happiness must drive our success.”

Markunas delivered her powerful message to her attentive class and jam packed audience inside the high school gymnasium.

“Nothing in life will come free,” she said. “It is up to us to recognize our future. Failure is inherent to growth and we must define who we are as people.”

High school principal Paula Reber started off the ceremony by saying the class of 2018 will be remembered for their passion.

“You all will not be forgotten,” she said. “When I think of the class of 2018 I will remember your passion. You are knowledgeable and articulate and it has been an honor and pleasure to be your principal.”

Reber explained to the class of 2018 that they left a mark.

“You are not what is wrong with the world,” she said. “You are what is right.”

Twelve students will be attending Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, while four will be headed to Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, this fall. 

Superintendent Dr. Steven Skalka presented the class of 2018 while school board president Kathy Swope handed out diplomas.  

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