Graduation on Sunday, May 20, was bittersweet for the seniors in the Class of 2012.
The 86 seniors on stage celebrated their accomplishments during the past 13 years, and yet they were aware of the 87th chair on the stage — the chair with a white rose, a mortarboard and a graduation program, the chair their classmate Brady Cantrell would have occupied had he not died during sophomore year.
Class valedictorians were Paige Diamond and Royce Woodley. Others ranking in the top 10 percent of the class were Lisa Amlong, Colby Hixson, Veronica Talbot, Trent DeDecker, Austin Hepner, Cory Stiles and Chris Zelnio.
School board president Doug Nelson urged the students to remember “all things are possible when we believe.”
Senior class president Katie DeBaillie said, “As I look at my classmates, I see determination, pride and excitement. I can see we will all be going far in life.”
Woodley and Diamond told their classmates, “We hope each of you will purse what makes you happy and live life to the fullest.”
Student Council president Emily McVietty said, “A farewell is needed before we can all meet again. And meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.”