Archive for Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MHS grads ready to move on

May 18, 2010

The McLouth High School Class of 2010 came, saw and conquered.

That was the message of valedictorian Ashlee McClelland, who quoted Julius Caesar during her speech at Saturday’s commencement exercises at the McLouth High School Gold Gymnasium.

McClelland said that conquering a high school degree, though, was not a swift action, as it started in kindergarten.

But there will be more for her class to conquer in the future.

“We’ll all have more battles in our lifetime,” McClelland said.

Graduation was to take place at Stan Braksick Sports Complex, but rain forced the event indoors.

Family and friends packed into the gymnasium for the ceremony, where class president Katie Walbridge gave the welcome address and encouraged her classmates to “live out your dreams.”

Walbridge, a co-salutatorian with Courtney Chilcoat, gave a speech, as did Chilcoat, who calculated how many days and minutes students spent receiving their educations at the school during their careers and discussed the anonymous poem “Dream Big.”

Earlier in the ceremony, “Graduation” by Vitamin C played through the gymnasium’s sound system and Cassidy Bristol, Courtney Chilcoat and Kylie Shufflebarger shared various memories of the class.

Local scholarships were handed out during the ceremony and it was noted that the Class of 2010 collected $283,000 total in scholarships.

Superintendent Jean Rush then spoke to the class members, giving them a list of advice “if I were your mother,” which drew laughs because her daughter, Taylor Rush, was one of the graduates Saturday.

She listed the many accomplishments of this year’s class, from its top-notch state assessment scores to the success of its vocalists in music contests during the past four years.

As she gave out a short list of advice, Rush spoke about being “extremely proud” of the class and the importance to forgive and “take the high road.”

That left one last item on the program: the giving of diplomas. After students received the diplomas, it was time to throw their graduation caps into the air and spray each other with Silly String.

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