124th commencement shines
Grads urged to strive
As the class of 2010 lined up in the school parking lot, excited chatter filled the warm summer air almost as thickly as the anticipation for the event.
Waiting to lead the students out into their last action before they became alumni, Granville Board of Education President Kathy Nelson looked on, something like a proud parent.
“This is an exciting time, a scary time, but an exciting time. They’re great kids, I wish them well and I hope they do great things,” she said.
Weather for the event was sunny with temperatures in the low 80s that fell into the middle 70s by the end of the 90-minute event.
The only clouds dotting the sky actually helped to mute the bright sunshine reflecting back into the faces of the crowd from the windows of the front of the school. Occasionally a slight breeze even blew across the lawn.
Superintendent Mark Bessen said he was eager to see off his first graduating class.
“It’s a great group of students, I’m very excited. I’ve talked to many of them and they’re going to some really great places. It’s an exciting time in their lives – I’m proud of them,” he said.
Spectators had begun moving folding chairs onto the school lawn early in the morning and by the time the ceremony began several hundred people, estimated by some at more than 600 people, covered the lawn more than 10 deep at the ropes separating reserved seating from the remainder of the lawn.
The audience was not limited to those physically standing on the lawn as an unknown number were able to look in from far, far away via the Internet and the school’s second annual webcast of the event.
Principal Dan Poucher was the first to urge the graduates to strive to do their best in everything they undertake in the future. Poucher encouraged the graduates to have a vision for their future and to press on toward those big goals.
In her remarks Nelson encouraged members of the class of 2010 to work hard at everything they do while taking care to not get too full of themselves. This was done in her unique way through a pair of humorous stories featuring Poucher delivering a blessing to a new septic tank and Bessen trying to impress his secretary Diana Pitts while unknowingly talking into a phone that had not yet been hooked up.
Salutatorian Crysta Cadella told her classmates they have accrued the tools to succeed during their time in high school.
“Today the past, present and future collide. We’re remembering our journey up to this point in time; both exhilarating and stressful memories come up to the surface. No matter how much I cherish all of the wonderful memories we’ve made together, I still wouldn’t give up the ones that I don’t like to rehash. Those tough memories, no matter how much we would like to forget them are responsible for giving in us the strength to overcome any obstacle we face. Without the combination of good and bad experiences, we would not be the strong, successful people we are today. As I look out and see the faces I’ve come to know and love, there’s been a change. I don’t see the faces of little eighth-graders so excited and nervous to begin the four year trek of high school. I see the faces of strong, young men and women who are ready to go off and start their own new journeys,” Cadella said.
Valedictorian Katie Beecher told her classmates that now was the time to get started on the rest of their lives.
“Whatever the situation may be the next few months will be an important time for us all in determining who we will become. I can’t wait to see what kind of adults we turn out to be,” she said. “I cannot pretend to know what the future holds for any of us. I cannot say for sure that in ten years we will all come out the way we intended to. I cannot naively believe that none of us will change over the course of time. I can, however, wish us all the best of luck in future endeavors. This is our time to fly, our chance to shine and I hope that we can take that chance and run with it because it’s the most important one of our lives.”