McLouth celebrates seniors, school’s root at graduation
Corinne Hoffhines earned — and, more importantly, spelled — the title of valedictorian at Saturday’s McLouth High School graduation ceremony.
The MHS graduate, during her co-valedictorian speech, told of teacher Ty Haas asking his students at the beginning of the school year to write down one of their goals for the year.
Hoffhines had an interesting goal — to be valedictorian.
Haas spoke of Hoffhines’ goal during the class the next day, noting that it was a strange goal and that maybe she should learn to spell “valedictorian” before becoming it.
Hoffhines later spelled out the word during her speech, but she said there was one thing Haas said that would impact her for years to come.
“He said, ‘It’s not about how many honors and awards you get. It’s not about being valedictorian. It’s what you get out of it, and it’s what you do with it,’ ” Hoffhines said.
She was one of 40 seniors to receive diplomas Saturday morning at the Gold Gymnasium in McLouth High School.
A cornerstone with the year “1920” stood at the base of the podium on the graduation stage Saturday. MHS principal Mike Bogard said the cornerstone was from the former high school that once stood where the gymnasium is now. Near the stage was a collage that included representation of each of the students, which bridged an artifact from MHS graduates of about 90 years ago to today.
Bogard also asked all MHS graduates of past years to stand during the ceremony.
Class president Chanler Tharpe gave the class welcome, while Jeri Holwick, Misti Jenkins and Derek Wright shared memories of the class.
Also giving a valedictorian speech was Logan Terry.
A montage of photos were shown with a variety of songs playing: “You’re Gonna Miss This,” by Trace Adkins, “Live Like We’re Dying” by Kris Allen, “My Wish” by Rascal Flats and “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly.
Cliff Weeks and other presenters handed out scholarships to McLouth High School graduates before students were handed their diplomas.
Students sang the school’s alma mater before officially being announced as graduates.
Mortar boards were thrown in the air and Silly String sprayed as the Class of 2011 celebrated the conclusion of its high school years.
The graduates then lined up outside the school as family and friends congratulated them on their accomplishment.