HEBRON | Being together since kindergarden has helped Hebron High School graduates bond, said Rick Cheek, the school's band director.
“They’re a tight-knit group," he said. "They’re always hanging out together. We always hate to see the senior class go.”
Class President Aaron Plomann shared the sentiment in his welcoming address to the 124th commencement:
“I can’t think of any other place I’d rather graduate.”
Allison Lewis, co-salutatorian, expressed the students’ thanks “for everyone who works at our school from the cafeteria workers to the janitors, the faculty and the coaches. We wouldn’t be graduating without you.”
Several students from last year’s graduating class came back to support their friends. Before the festivities began, Blake Woodward and Andrew Kammer shared some advice for the class of 2013: “Make sure to be responsible, and don’t fall behind,” they said. “Really focus in your freshman year because that will set the standard for your whole time in college.”
The school also said goodbye to the six teachers who will be leaving after this year. After the MSC of Boone Township failed referendum for extra funding, personnel cutbacks prompted four teachers to retire early and two other teachers to leave the district.
Elijah Magiera, valedictorian, urged the class not to think the grass is always greener on the other side. Quoting Robert Fulghum, he said, “‘The grass is greenest where it is watered. ... Tend the grass wherever you may be.‘ So keep working for a brighter future and push through whatever the world brings.”
But as Haily Hernandez, co-salutatorian reminded the graduates, when it comes to adapting to transitions, “We can do it because we’ve done it before.”