Sitting in the Buffalo High School gymnasium on June 1, 2012 my husband of 27 years, Bill and I proudly watched our second daughter, Danielle receive her high school diploma. Something we ourselves did in this very gym 30 years earlier. An emotional time for every parent but this day brought even more emotion because this was the last graduation ceremony ever to be held at the current Buffalo High School as our community eagerly awaits the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art school just up the road a mile. Our family’s tradition runs deep because sitting next to me are my parents and son, Will who all are BHS graduates and my other daughter, Emma who will graduate from the new school in two more years.
Memories flood back to when Bill and I walked across that same stage, receiving our own diplomas and setting out into the world, giving way to many more graduates who have walked that stage in the years to follow. At this school, we first met and began dating at the tender age of 15 and it was here that I sat under the instruction of a great business teacher, Dorcas Tavernaris and fell in love with business and clerical type studies that included: typing, shorthand, dictation, and accounting, embarking into a path that I would stay on my entire career. I can still see her with her white hair and bright red lipstick as she barked out, “asdfjkl;, asdfjkl;”as my fingers found their place on the old electric typewriter. Little did I know that I would return to this building as a service employee for Putnam County Schools some 27 years later, serving the students of my alma mater and to be voted as Service Employee of the Year for Putnam County Schools and Service Employee of the Year for the State of West Virginia in 2012.