|Spirited class goes out with a 'flash'|
|Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:11|
by Katie Wagner
As CHS Valedictorian Brandi Herron noted in her speech, the class of 2012 has often been touted as one of the most spirited classes to walk the halls of Churubusco High School—and that spirit shown through as a majority of the graduating seniors suddenly broke out into a pre-planned, choreographed dance—more popularly known as a “flash mob”— after Herron’s speech at Friday evening’s graduation ceremony.
The CHS Class of 2012 included 106 graduates who earned a combined total of nearly $250,000 in scholarship money, according to teacher Jim Folland who spoke to the graduates Friday evening. Folland, a perennial favorite, acknowledged several students for their accomplishments in the areas of academics, extracurriculars and career-related activities by asking them to stand as he read their accomplishments.
“Commencement is the beginning of your adult life,” Folland told the graduates. “What impact are you going to have on the lives of others?”
Superintendent Steve Darnell welcomed graduates to their new future, Jana Lewellyn sang the Star Spangled Banner and New Era 14 performed “Irish Blessing” before Salutatorian Rachel Fehring spoke to her peers about the future.
“It only takes a single spark, just a spark to start the heart,” Fehring quoted, before charging her fellow graduates to make the world a better place.
“Tonight we graduate and our sparks take light and ignite the next chapter of our lives,” Fehring said, “and in this next chapter there are dreams, changes, freedom and mission.”
“Don’t forget where you came from,” she concluded. “It’s how you got here.”
Valedictorian Brandi Herron seconded Fehring’s sentiment as she reminisced about the past at Churubusco schools.
“This place and these people made us who we are today, and the experiences we have shared with them have given us the tools we will use tomorrow,” Herron said. “Whether you end up across the world or right next door, never forget where you came from.”
“So here we are, about to move on with our lives and leave high school forever,” Herron said after mentioning funny memories of school. “I’m not going to stand up here and say that life will be perfect. Life takes mercy on no one and stops for nothing, but the perfect moments in life are what make living worthwhile.”
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