KOUTS | Clad in gold and black gowns, the 78 members of the Kouts High School Class of 2014 went from students to alumni on Friday evening.
In her introductory address, class salutatorian Rachel Palmer encouraged her classmates to go out into the world and do great things but to never forget what got them to where they are.
“Character is what you do, and it is who you are,” she told the group.
Class President Ashleigh Dulik said it was a surreal feeling that her graduation had finally arrived.
“I haven’t fully come full circle figuring out that it’s graduation. I’m nervous and excited at the same time.”
Dulik, who be studying communication and public relations at Purdue North Central, is able to look back fondly on her years at Kouts.
“I love Kouts,” she said. “I have been here since preschool. It has been amazing. I love each and every person and faculty member here.”
At the beginning of the ceremony, Assistant Principal Thomas Stoner recognized the five graduates who will be joining the military soon after graduation, as well as students who were a part of National Honor Society and those who had received academic honors.
Jeff Jarnecke (Class of 1995), who is now an executive with the NCAA, and Carol (Devers) Dozier (Class of 1989) were inducted into the Kouts Alumni Wall of Fame.
“I hope that when you get a chance to be up here in 19 years, you look back as fondly on your time at Kouts as I did,” Jarnecke said.