With the Houston Secondary School gym packed with proud family and friends, 33 graduates eagerly took the stage, standing before the proud words “A future so bright.”
Vice Principal Andrew Bond was chosen by the grads as the guest speaker, and spoke proudly of the students before him.
“In the last two years I’ve learned a lot from these students,” said Bond, going on to joke of how grads taught him the bell schedule and quick mathematics by arriving late and testing his memory.
Bond thanked parents of the grads, saying that their support and love went a long way in helping grads achieve this goal.
Bond’s advice to grads was to seek happiness and see failure as an opportunity to learn and change and persevere.
Grads filed to the front before flashing cameras, to receive diplomas and scholarships. Frequenting the front were Kelsey McEwen who took 10 awards, as well as Beth Saretsky who took nine and Cassie Ofner who took seven.
Graduates Aaron Thompson, Cassie Ofner and Kelton Yarish hand lit candles to Kindergarten students Nicholas Mark, Leyton Timms and Laura Euverman.
Three grads handed a lit candle to Kindergarden students from feeder elementry schools, as a symbol of inpiring them with the light of knowledge and the illumination it can bring.
Amidst proud cheers and shouts, the graduates made their way down the chandelier lit runway, out of the school and off into the bright future awaiting them.
Valedictorian Lane Vienneau gives his address, ending with words of wisdom from Elbert Hubbard: “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive.”
Graduate Trevor Saretsky stands with his proud Mom Paula after the HSS grad ceremonies last Friday.
Rod Sullivan stands proudly with his graduating son Austin.