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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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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.