MARENGO — The Highland High School Class of 2019 were given many ovations Sunday for their accomplishments in the past as well as the decisions they have made that will take them into their future.
The graduates are going on to college, the U.S. Armed Forces, technical schools and entering the workforce. On Sunday, they enjoyed a breezy summer afternoon at the school stadium to say good-bye to their school before moving on.
High School Principal Nate Huffman had members of the class stand to be recognized for achievements in academics and sports, and also for their decisions to commit to higher learning and the military.
“Class of 2019, we have prepared you well, and I am confident you will do well,” Huffman said.
In his speech to the class, Senior Brock Veley said that his fellow seniors really crystallized as a student body when they entered middle school.
“We knew that our group could become something special, and we have,” Veley said. “As we go our separate ways, be proud of the work you have left here, but also be proud of your future endeavors.”
Senior Mary Schwartz used a quote from Winston Churchill — “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” — in her address to the class.
“There is no doubt, there comes a time of adversity. It is important to know we are all going to face adversity,” Schwartz said. “I strongly encourage you to know that the success to your future stands with you.”
She ended with another quote. “I’d like to quote Dr. Seuss: Kid, you’ll move mountains. Let’s go move some mountains,” Schwartz said.
The graduation ceremony paused a moment in memory of classmate Wyatt Jordan, who passed away at age 17.
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