A Washington student was one of two seniors selected to deliver speeches to their classmates at separate Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School graduation ceremonies next month.
Hunter Hardway, son of Edward and Amanda Hardway of Washington, will be speaking on behalf of his fellow graduates at the Community College of Beaver County on June 8. Morgan Osborne of Brackney, in Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be speaking at the Kutztown University venue on June 11.
PA Cyber CEO Brian Hayden lauded the students for having been selected.
“They went through a rigorous process,” he said. “First, they’re judged on their grades, SAT scores, and an essay about why they should serve as class representative. After clearing that hurdle, they submit the speech they would deliver to their classmates if they’re chosen. My hat’s off to them.”
In his speech, Hardway, who enrolled in PA Cyber in sixth grade, plans to draw on experiences in DECA club and advice from his soccer coach to motivate fellow graduates to never give up and give their all.
“My speech was inspired by my soccer coach. He had an idea that he would ask us to take a lap around the soccer field before getting a drink of water. He taught us that, if you get an opportunity to take the extra mile, do so. The people who took the extra lap were in better shape than those who didn’t.”
Always going the extra mile translated into Hardway earning his Eagle Scout badge in 2017, serving as president of the history club his freshman and sophomore years, and excelling as a DECA team member.
“I was able to work hard and place first at the district-level competition and placed first in the written exam at the state-level competition,” he said.
“I want to be the class representative to hopefully inspire others. Using my own story, I hope to inspire others to write their own,” Hardway said. “I believe that the message my speech will impart – to always take the extra mile – is important for people to hear no matter what their post-high school plans are.”
He plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall to study mining and engineering.
About 350 students will participate in each of the ceremonies. There are more than 1,300 students in PA Cyber’s Class of 2019.