Sunday afternoon’s commencement was about honoring the 85 graduates, of course, but also about having fun and enjoying the moment.
The three class speakers thanked their parents, teachers, classmates and everyone else who helped them along their way. They also realized no matter where they traveled in their lives, they would never forget Western.
“You will always be a Rider and Western Reserve will always be your home,” valedictorian Brooke Ommert said.
“Everyone in the room has helped us get where we are,” salutatorian Victoria Ramage said, adding this reminder to her classmates: “We are officially functioning adults now.”
Brookelyn Hiesser, who gave the senior class address, rephrased the class motto by stating, “We didn’t know we were making memories because we were just having fun.”
“This community will always be our true home,” Hiesser added. “I can’t wait to see you at our class reunion in about 10 years.”
Superintendent Rodge Wilson praised the graduates by saying, “We honor them for their work and commitment and their achievements. Each and every one of you is a success story.”
High School Principal Lisa Border said the country needs each graduate “because today there are problems we need you to solve.”
“I challenge you to do good and brave things,” Border said.
The STEM, English/language arts and social studies scholars were asked to stand, as well as the members of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and all students with a 3.5 or higher grade-average.
The top 10 members of the class, starting with No. 10, are Leah Pausch, Kylie Adelman, Maegan Bouchonville, Brookelyn Hiesser, Trevor Tucker, Myranda West, Andrea Robson, Matthew Perkins, Victoria Ramage and Brooke Ommert.
Class officers are Brooke Ommert, president; Brookelyn Hiesser, vice president; Samantha Scott, secretary; and Joleen Muenz, treasurer.
Music for the event was provided by the After Hours group and the concert band under the direction of Mary Ana Hicks.