OSAGE CITY—The 37 graduates of Osage City High School Class of 2016 were accepted and presented with diplomas Sunday afternoon.
Fanfare and Processional by Edward Elgar played by the high school band, directed by Tyler Kncaid played while graduated entered, followed by Among the Clouds by Brian Balmages.
Honor student Kailyn Robert spoke to those assembled and expressed her procrastination in writing her speech.
“I’ve spent the last four years of my life waiting until the last second, literally, to finish projects, papers and presentations,” she said.
She spoke of more important moments them doing schoolwork and the times spent with friends and making memories.
“Memories surpassed the importance of the grades,” she said, “and ended up teaching us more than a textbook ever could.”
She talked about lessons classmates had learned about sharing success, responding to difficulties, when to let stuff go and why things work and others do not. Robert said to be content with the past but not to ever settle with it. She encouraged classmates to utilize skills, to succeed, take joy in experiencing new adventures.
“Look back at our years in high school with pride, happiness and contentedness, then move to find even greater amounts of these things later on down the road.” she said.
The high school choir sang “May It Be,” by Mark Brymer, directed by Angela Spencer. Honor student Cassidy Robinett spoke following the song.
She spoke on learning to talk from babbling, to poor enunciation, to speak and to have a voice.
“We began to not just talk and demand, but to truly speak and to speak with a purpose,” Robinett said.
She spoke on how her own voice grew over the years. How she would do her best to keep her words honest, to use them to help others and to never stay quiet if something was not right.
“I urge my classmates and others in the audience to find your voice if you have not already,” she said. “Speak up when you are being bullied and find the voice that will speak up when someone else is bullied.”
She encouraged everyone to use their voice to speak passionately about matters, a voice that makes you proud of who you are and proud of what you have to say.
She ended by quoting Malala Yousafzai, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Tony Heward, high school principal, presented the class. USD 420 Board of Education members Todd Peterson and Ray Lauber presented graduates with diplomas.
The class was released to the reception line in the OCHS commons.
Attendants were Brett Sage and Paris Vigil, Justin Melgren, Travis Martin, Tracy Wilk, Susan Stromgren and Hannah Mondragon.