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Commencement held for 17 high school graduates

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The graduates stand before crossing the stage to receive their diplomas.

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The graduates stand before crossing the stage to receive their diplomas.

Seventeen Greeley County High School seniors participated in the school’s annual commencement ceremony held Saturday morning, May 12th, at 11:00 a.m. MT in the high school gymnasium. Processional and recessional music for the ceremony was provided by Mrs. Tammy Hild. Class member Abigail Berggren began the program with an invocation. She gave thanks for the support and love given the class members through the years, and for the time the classmates had together. Principal Mr. Mark Lackey welcomed the audience on behalf of school district USD #200 to witness the culmination of the students’ success. He added that the Class of 2018 was a bit different class and their graduation would also be a bit different. Speakers would be the salutatorian and co-valedictorians. Two class members, Hannah Brandl and Ebony Gutierrez, introduced the first speaker, salutatorian Arely Yanez. They said she has always been quiet, but they also had seen her “wild side” and she has always “had her classmates’ backs.” Arely first thanked the parents, teachers, coaches, sponsors, and community for their never-ending support through the years. She noted that Gavin Kleymann completed their class, although we lost him too early -- his melody will linger with us forever. She thanked each class member for his or her specific talents and characteristics. She asked them to cherish today, and remember they can always count on each other. “Show the world what the Class of 2018 can do!” Next, Abby Berggren introduced the first co-valedictorian, Sabina Godinez, as intelligent, caring and soft-spoken. Sabina spoke of a movie she had seen when in the fifth grade of a graduation ceremony with a speaker. She had never been to a graduation, but decided at that time (and told her little sister) that she would be that speaker at a graduation one day – and this was the day! She was impressed by how that one speaker might motivate others to succeed. She admonished her classmates to “visualize what you want to do. Be the best at whatever it is you do.” She ended by invoking the saying, “Carpe diem,” meaning ‘Seize the Day” or “Seize the Opportunity.” Evan Crotinger and Noah Ochsner introduced co-valedictorian Logan Reding, telling of some of his unusual characteristics and pranks, as well as remarking on his big and bright future and intelligence. Logan told his classmates that they have experienced much as a class, both happiness as well as sorrow, and it has all brought them closer together. “Being a part of this class is something I’ll never forget,” said Reding. He thanked all the teachers, administrators and support staff, and Mr. and Mrs. Platt, their class sponsors. He told his classmates to define their own success. Mr. Lackey and Mrs. Brandy Clevenger presented the Citizenship Awards to Abby Berggren and Noah Ochsner. Mrs. Clevenger presented the Dale Dennis award to Abby Berggren. Mrs. Clevenger then presented the class members’ future plans, scholarships and awards received. She thanked the community for the almost $20,000 in local scholarships given to the Class of 2018. A video produced by Noah Ochsner was presented. Ms. Angie Woelk and Mrs. Linda Steele, faculty members, read class members names as Board of Education president Mr. Todd Schmidt presented each senior with his or her diploma. Students presented flowers to family members and others who have been important in their lives. The class presented flowers to Kirby and Trina Kleymann. Class member Ivan Trejo made closing remarks. Graduates are Kaleb Alexander, Abigail Berggren, Levi Bjorklund, Hannah Brandl, Evan Crotinger, Cheyanne Foster, Sabina Godinez, Ebony Gutierrez, Alexis Ibarra, Micaela Ibarra, Kade Kleymann, Nathan Miller, Noah Ochsner, Tori Ochsner, Logan Reding, Ivan Trejo, and Arely Yanez. Ushers were Kelbie Knobbe, Abby Youmans, Aaron Vazquez, and Trevor Albers. Class sponsors have been Joshua and Amanda Platt. Class colors are purple and red, and the class flowers are the sunflower and the rose.
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