Rain forced the graduation ceremony indoors, in the high school gym.
Senior class president Riley Christine Mohr, a fourth-generation graduate of the school, looked ahead the future (she plans to become an engineer) but also looked back on the graduates’ recent past.
“The most meaningful memories will include the small moments which we have created with one another,” she said.
“When looking back on our high school years, we won’t be able to remember each test and project that we completed for each class, but we will remember the small moments, the school dances, the football games, the pep assemblies and the four years of making memories with our friends and peers,” she said.
The parents sitting the bleachers included Patti Schnee and her husband, Gary Schnee, who were present to see their graduating daughter, Allison Rose Schnee.
Allison was in the National Honor Society, played trombone in the band and plans to attend BGSU Firelands, although she hasn’t decided on a major yet.
“She does a lot of volunteering. Every third Sunday of the month she takes veterans to church from the Ohio Veterans home,” Mrs. Schnee said.
Tamra Hay, in the stands with her husband Dennis Hay and other relatives, had two family members graduating: daughter Gracyn Claire Hay and great-nephew Dalton Charles Hay.
Mrs. Hay said her daughter was involved in drama, band, choir and the color guard. She plans to major in music education on the main campus of Bowling Green State University. A soprano, she sang in the Ohio State Choral Directors Choir. She joined five other young women Saturday night in performing the class song, “High Hopes,” (the Panic at the Disco tune, not the Frank Sinatra oldie).
The school district’s superintendent, Kim Schubert, told the graduates that if their initial plans don’t work out, they are welcome to confer with the school staff to plan their next move
“Please don’t forget that we are here as a resource for you,” she said.
Veterans in the audience were asked to stand during the ceremony, then students who are joining the Armed Forces also were introduced and asked to stand.
The graduation concluded with the graduates putting their arms around each other as the school’s alma mater played,
Bellevue Class of 2019 Facts
Number of graduates: 157.
Percent going to college: 66 percent.
Percent going into the workforce: 32 percent.
Percent going into the military: 2 percent.
Scholarship facts: 187 local scholarships awarded, 91 different sponsors for $202,000 in total.