OSAGE CITY—The 51 graduates of Osage City High School Class of 2015 were accepted and presented with diplomas Sunday afternoon.
The ceremony began with the entrance of graduates, who each left a rose on a table honoring former classmate Austin Glass, who died following a battle with leukemia in 2010. OCHS Principal Tony Heward made note of the gesture, and asked the crowd for a moment of silence before the start of ceremonies.
Presentation of diplomas was preceded by a concert band performance of “Beyond the Riverbend” and a choir presentation of “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Summa Cum Laude honor students Aundrea Koger and Jake Butterfield also addressed the students, teachers and family members in attendance. Each referenced the class’s tendency for mischief.
“I could talk about our mischief in being the cheating class, or the class that failed to show up to pick up the mess we all made the day after prom,” Butterfield said. “We are all still really sorry about that, Patty.”
Both speakers borrowed speeches from known writers before them, with Butterfield reciting several stanzas from his “home boy” Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”
Koger threatened to break into Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but rescinded just after starting.
Her speech was delayed slightly when the printed note failed to make it to the podium. Heward took credit for the oversight, and lent Koger his phone to pull up the document.
“I suppose I should get started,” Koger said. “The cake is waiting, after all.”
She referenced further mischief – the “mass sharing” of assignments in freshman computer class, and making bows and arrows out of school supplies in fifth grade.
“You could say we weren’t aiming for success at the time, quite literally,” Koger said, wrapping up with a few more serious points. “It’s good to appreciate the memories of yesterday, but we must always remember to live for today, and look to tomorrow, because each day of our life that passes us by is a day that we can never get back.”
Graduates were presented with diplomas by USD 420 Board of Education members Cindy Cook and Todd Peterson, and released to the reception line in the OCHS commons.
Butterfield’s closing words echoed as the class exited the gym.
“Now let’s go wreak havoc on this crazy planet and show them what us Osage City kids are made of.”