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MHS Class of 2010 ready to blaze a trail

Monday, May 10, 2010

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Katie West and Riley Haney are Bison Award winners for 2010.
(Conni Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- One of McCook Senior High's newest graduates promised his fellow students during graduation Sunday afternoon that they have all the opportunities in the world waiting for them.

Another told them not to fear the future, that it's okay not to know now what they want to do.

As one of four student speakers at McCook Senior High's 125th annual commencement ceremony, Chad Stull said that although he'll remember laughter and experiences shared with friends, he looks forward to opportunities in the future. "We have all the opportunities in the world stretched out before us," he said.

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McCook Public Schools board members, from left, Scott Johnson, SHane Messersmith, Larry Shields and Tom Bredvick congratulate graduating senior Becky Goodenberger, who spent her senior hear as the student body representative to the school board.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
Austin Edwards said he didn't notice any physical changes when he got up Sunday morning, the morning of his high school graduation, but he's curious about all the changes that will happen after high school. He encouraged his fellow graduates, "Don't be afraid of the future.

Kayla Messinger and Kristen Cappel shared the microphone, remembering small lockers and quick lunches of their freshman year, driving as sophomores and "eating what we wanted," and the big lockers and graduation of seniors.

Stull concluded, "We are the future, Class of 2010."

Stull, Edwards, Messinger and Cappel were among the 146 graduates who received diplomas Sunday afternoon, on a wind-blown but sunny Weiland Field.

The coveted "Bison Awards" -- presented to the male and female graduate who best display citizenship, loyalty and service, and promote positive rapport among students -- were presented to Katie West and Riley Haney.

The top five students -- each who earned straight A's during her high school career -- are Jayde Aufrecht, Becky Goodenberger, Keri Hilker, Kelsey O'Dea and Katie West.

Seniors who graduated with honors -- a 3.0 grade point average or better -- are Deon Allen, Jessica Armstrong, Jayde Aufrecht, Alex Bracht, Anna Brennan, Cody Broomfield, Devonn Bruntz, Hailey Buddenberg, Brooke Burton, Morgan Chitwood, Nate Crick, Zach Curl, Jenny Dotson, Austin Edwards, Brenden Funk, Becky Goodenberger, Riley Haney, Ethan Hardin, Haley Harpham.

Keri Hilker, Alesia Hock, Katie Hoffmaster, Austin Huffman, Jessica Jankovits, Whitney Korgan, Jake Krause, Rachel Krepcik, Adrian Lambing, Katie Latta, Cailee Lines, Nick Meissner, Brett Messersmith, Kayla Messinger, Alyssa Mohr, Nate Morgan, Kelsey O'Dea, Corey Paz, Ashley Pick, Brisa Rodriguez, Zack Rokusek, Sara Savage, Madeline Shaddock, Natalie Sis, Tye Smith, Alyssa Smith, Andy Smith, Tye Smith, Cheney Solomon, Chad Stull, Naomi Sughroue, Alex Trew, Shane Wallen, Katie West, Sara Willers and Marcus Wilson.

Students who graduated with distinction -- a 3.5 grade point average or above -- are:

Jessica Armstrong, Jayde Aufrecht, Alex Bracht, Anna Brennan, Andrew Broadfoot, Hailey Buddenberg, Morgan Chitwood.

Zach Curl, Austin Edwards, Becky Goodenberger, Riley Haney, Ethan Hardin, Haley Harpham, Keri Hilker, Alesia Hock, Katie Hoffmaster, Jessica Jankovits.

Whitney Korgan, Adrian Lambing, Katie Latta, Brett Messersmith, Alyssa Mohr, Nate Morgan.

Kelsey O'Dea, Corey Paz, Ashley Pick, Madeline Shaddock, Natalie Sis, Tye Smith, Alyssa Smith, Cheney Solomon, Chad Stull, Naomi Sughroue, Shane Wallen, Katie West and Sarah Willers.


McCook Senior High's Class of 2010 selected black, red and silver as its class colors; a red rose tipped in silver as its class flower; and "Someday" by Rob Thomas as its class song.

Class officers are: Jayde Aufrecht, president; Kelsey O'Dea, vice president; Katie West, secretary; and Madeline Shaddock, treasurer.

Class sponsors are Brent May and Fred Gleason.

The class motto is: "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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From a member of the long ago class of 1956, not anywhere near the oldest grad to say,

you venture out into the world unknown,

upon this eventful day.

Soon, so very soon, young folk,

I do believe you'll find,

You have just begun a life long trip,

through life where you must pay.

You pay with tears, and sometime cheers,

You work and slave to be.

You still will learn, each day I feel,

to be someone who's free.

You may not live to ripe old age,

the clock of time will stop;

keeping time no more, no how,

Eternity Ker-plop.

Focus on the horizon, with all it holds for you,

but keep the watch on clouds above, for Him who comes out of the blue.

Jesus looks for those who love,

each other, especially Him;

who's ready not for life on earth,

but throughout eternity with Him.

The truth you learned from teachers,

is good as it can be;

but the Truth that you will learn from Him,

will truly set you free.

No matter soon, or down the road,

however long it takes;

He soon will come for me and you,

and then there be no breaks.

You're either ready to go with Him,

or stay another Seven;

Wedding dinner, or survival;

First choice is in Heaven.

Congratulations on your graduation, and your plans for your future. Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst, and Settle for that which you find in the middle (except in Messiah, Jesus, that is). Only God promises the best, no matter what.

I'm done.

Oh, I don't represent them, but FWIIW: Congratulations, from the Class of 1956.

Arley Steinhour, praying you do well, and choose well.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 9:22 PM


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