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 I o ,1 ,lJ Il j nlulnumnn'lmlnuulqBuqmumlglm, ltmmmlAnue 30 - CAPE G, liday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 S(:n.)ol & Education Cape's Class of '95 receives degrees and bids adieu Photos by Angie Moon At right, Toby Anthonio Fambro was all smiles after receiving h/s degree Tuesday evening, June 6, during com- mencement exercises at Cape Henlopen High School Two hundred and seventeen stu- dents received their degrees. Graduating class president Joe Hughes spoke to his class- mates one last time Tuesday evening, telling them: "With free- dom comes the weight of responsibility, and bit by bit we slowly forget what childhood was like." At left, Angela Thomas received her degree with son Christopher close at hand for the proud moment. Above cen- ter, Angela Marie Coverdale cheers to the words of Student Government Association speaker Lindsay B. Barlow, while above rit, Theresa Ann DeSimone laughs during a fighter moment of James Best's commencement address Smiles and hugs were in abundance as Cape -ads received congratualtions from family, friends and classmates. Above, Mel;ssa Ellen Betts gives classmate Ryan Betts (no relation) a hug at the end of Tuesday's ceremony. Commencement speaker Best tells Cape grads to set high goals By Kristen Seal James Best, better known to ear- ly eighties television watchers as Rosco P. Coltrane on the hit series "The Dukes of Hazzard" was the commencement speaker at Cape Henlopen High School's 1995 graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 6. Best starred in the CBS series throughout its seven years on the air from 1979 to 1985. 1995 Cape graduate Karen Simms was instrumental in bring- ing Best to Cape for the ceremony Tuesday night. One of Best's daughters, JoJarnie Tyler, has lived in Hockessin, Del. for the last five years. Cape student Simms' aunt, Kelly Stucklic, is the neighbor of Best's daughter in Hockessin and informed Simms of the affiliation. "In the beginning of the year, I found out about the connection because my aunt had found out exactly who he [Best] real- ly was. My aunt knew that her neighbor's father had worked with BEST "The Dukes of Hazzard" somehow, but we had no idea that he was a main character. The peo- ple in my class have a real fascina- tion for the show and when I had mentioned to them that I knew of this connection we talked to Mrs. Selby about getting him to speak at our graduation," said Simms. CHHS Vice Principal Esthelda Selby then contacted Best's daughter and the stage was set. "When I talked to the school, the students were willing to sub- mit questions about how I got into show business and wanted me to discuss memorable moments and give advice to the Cape seniors. I'm not really a stand-up speaker, but I'd like to answer their ques- tions and give the regular encour- agement speech," said Best in an interview earlier this week. Best was raised in Indiana and after his high school graduation, he joined the military and was a B- 17 gunner in World War lI. He was later a member of the Military Police in Germany when he was transferred into the Special Ser- vice Group. The Special Service Group during World War II brought actors from the U.S. over- seas and installed overseas G.I.s as actors. Best then toured Europe in Continued on page 31