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AHS Class of 2014 granted diplomas

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

AHS seniors celebrate with silly string after graduation.

AMBOY The 2014 Amboy High School commencement program was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1 in the AHS gym.

"Congratulations graduates, the day we have been waiting for has finally come," said Julia Setchell in the opening welcome remarks.

Danielle Corcoran led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A moment of silence was offered for Mr. Pasley.

Jordan Ernst was the first selected speaker.

"Did he win?" a preschooler interjected as Ernst took the podium.

"I look forward to hearing where their sails take them," Ernst concluded.

The AHS Chorus selection was "May It Be" from Lord of the Rings.

"It celebrates our seniors as they take their next journey in life," Kathy MeKeel, music director, said in her introduction of the selection.

Skylar Wheeler announced the Presentation of Flowers.

"Breathe in, breathe out. Take a step forward," Julia Setchell begas as a selected speaker. "Discover the type of person you want to be." She encourages her peers to remember the negative influences in their lives and grow from the experience. Setchell invites peers to reach every goal that they set for themselves.

"Let go of the past. Embrace the present," Setchell concluded.

"Adele In Concert" was the band selection.

The class was originally going to replace the scoreboards but a donor came forward to do that. The class elected to replace the sign outside with an electric sign, said Brittney Sondgeroth as she discussed the class gift at the podium.

Principal Josh Nichols expressed his admiration to the graduating class on how well they turned out.

"It's how you respond to failures that speaks volumes about your character, " Nichols continued. "I truly wish all of you the best of luck." He told students that they live now in one of the safest times in U.S. history. The small things in life should be enjoyed this summer, he said. It is possible to have a full life in Amboy. One does not always have to venture far from home.

"The days, weeks, and years go faster from this point forward," Nichols concluded as he then began to call the graduates forward to receive their diplomas.

Amanda Pankhurst decorated the top of her cap as a Clipper Ship.

An air horn blew as Stacie Skoff went over to receive her diploma.

Nichols mentioned that tassels could now be moved to the other side of the caps and a volley of silly string flew in the air from a graduate in the back row.

"It was so hard to imagine what this moment would be like," Danielle Corcoran said in her closing remarks. Happy, yet sad. A new life chapter is beginning. She urged that now is the time to answer the question "What do you want to do when you grow up?" Corcoran hopes graduates will give 100 percent to everything they do.

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