The Bethlehem Eagles have left the nest

Turning his attention to the Class of 2008, Lytle said many parents might be wondering how their children have grown so fast, but that the time had come for a new chapter in the lives of the students as they move forward and move on to new challenges and new endeavors.

"Many of you are wondering, as Kelly (McCall) noted, how they grew up so fast. From shin guards, ballet shoes, piano recitals, schools plays, book reports, prom dresses, and driving licenses have all become things of the past, reserved for scrapbooks stored in the cellar maintaining the memory," Lytle said. "These wonderful young people whose first ride on the school bus seems only like yesterday, will be heading off."

Lytle congratulated the graduating class to a roaring applause and wished them well on all of the endeavors they are heading off to complete.

The sentiment was clear in Albany on Friday night: Although the Eagles have left the nest, they are sure to make just as big an impression as they have in Bethlehem wherever they may land.""

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