By Cindy Lance and Diane Rockall
On June 2, 81 Stockbridge High School seniors joined the ranks of the schools alumni.
Class President Paige Brown addressed the crowd assembled saying, “we may be small, but we are mighty.” During her speech Brown asked for a moment of silence in memory of fellow classmate Hannah Glair who passed away after an automobile accident in November. In tribute to her memory an honorary chair with a purple banner and an arrangement of purple flowers sat with the assembled class.. In addition, all students, staff, and board members wore purple ribbons in remembrance of Hannah.
The Stockbridge High School band played “Darklands March by Randall Standridge.” Senior Ashley Maize sang “Whenever you Remember” by Carrie Underwood. Class officers reflected on their years with Vice President Reilly Caroen delivering a very mature and well thought out reflection on junior year.
Elected guest speaker Corey Baird spoke to the class regarding “Super Heroes.” Salutatorian Daniel Ballagh thanked his parents and wittily took a shot at the School Board of Education and Administration for their ‘no hats in school’ policy.
Four Valedictorians Katelyn Knieper, Samantha Drew, Michelle Zemke and Brody Canfield all spoke. Brody delivered a message thanks to not only his parents, but his older brothers. He publicly acknowledged how they impacted his life through their work ethic and perseverance. All of the speeches were outstanding, but his genuine, from the heart, speech was beyond normal.
Senior High principal Jeff Trapp tasked seniors at the ’30 and out’ meeting with thanking someone for their support getting them to the moment of their graduation. He praised all of the speeches for doing just that.
Ethan Jones father, Mike, died in early April missing his sons’ graduation. Board member Chris Kruger is suffering from illness, but he was able to present his daughter Macy with her diploma. Retired superintendent Bruce Brown also had the honor of presenting his daughter with her diploma.
Joy and sadness intermingled to make this graduation a memorable one. Belated congratulations to the entire graduating class.