MORGAN TOWNSHIP | Senior class President Lucia Calderon summarized in one sentence what many may have been thinking.
“In the blink of an eye, we were seniors,” said Calderon, addressing her classmates Saturday at the 89th commencement ceremonies at Morgan Township High School.
In keeping with Morgan Township tradition, seniors entered the gymnasium to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" and presented their parents with the class flower, a stargazer lily.
Opening the ceremony, Principal Dolores Mueller encouraged the audience to walk the halls of the school and appreciate its history.
“You have an obligation to honor those who came before you,” said Mueller to the graduating class.
Mueller advised the students to “have goals, but don’t overplan,” and “enjoy and embrace life.”
“I urge you to explore the world and continue to grow,” said Mueller.
Valedictorian Abby Johnson quoted actress Mae West, saying “you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Johnson stressed making the right choices in life, and thanked the families, friends, teachers and staff.
“Your legacy will not end with us,” said Johnson. “It will be passed down through the generations.”
Classmates Steven Martakis and Garrett Finn were both ready to begin their futures.
Martakis will attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago, while Finn plans to work for a year before he attends Purdue University to major in computer science.
Both young men credited their friends and the small school atmosphere for their high school success.
“My friends challenged me toward the goal of reaching graduation,” said Martakis.
“The friends I’ve made here are pretty stellar,” said Finn.
“Bittersweet” is how Rebekah Arrasmith viewed graduation.
“I’m sad to leave all the teachers and my friends,” said Arrasmith, who will attend North Central University in Minneapolis to become a music pastor.
Kaylee Sheets, who played on the boys’ soccer team with three other girls, will study computer science at Ball State University.
“I’m excited,” said Sheets. “But I’m going to miss the small classes and knowing everyone.”
In his commencement address, Ben Miller, program director of Urban Faithworks and a 1998 Morgan graduate, urged the graduates to have fun and to keep an open mind as they moved forward.
“Find your own passion and use it to make a difference,” said Miller.