HEBRON | The memory that the Hebron High School class of 2012 won homecoming Olympics two years in a row was brought up at least four times during the school’s 123rd annual commencement Thursday night.
While that was an important memory for the 79 graduates, the graduates listened to speeches about fear, living life to the fullest, knowledge and advice for the next chapter in their lives.
“Where life takes you, don’t forget where you come from,” class President Hayley Marshall said in her speech. “Don’t regret leaving your comfort zone.”
Class salutatorians Christy Reick and Brent Tomb touched on fear, moving on from high school and living life to the fullest and memories the senior class will always remember.
“Leaving high school is a big step, but it’s only one step in our lives,” Reick said. “We’re at a crossroads in life, and I encourage you to go forward.”
Hebron valedictorian John Pauer also talked about moving on from high school, but also for the graduates to cherish memories. He said when the graduates were freshmen, they had backpacks full of supplies, but now their backpacks are full of knowledge and memories to take them to the next chapter in their lives.
“Every day has experiences for us to remember. These days are the greatest time of our lives, and we’ll always remember them,” Pauer said.
Speaker Dan VandeBunte, a Hebron teacher, wanted students to look for inspiration everywhere, and remember faculty and parents that inspired the students in their high school career.
“Find just enough inspiration to get to that next ‘big-little moment’. Life is full of big little moments,” he said.
Hebron has 92 percent of its graduating class going to college or into military service. Those going to college include 44 percent receiving some form of scholarship.
“It’s a source of pride for us all, and we have a bunch of hard-working kids that are looking for their future,” Principal Mark Lutze said. “They’re a real pleasure to work with. They’re a special class for me because I’ve been here for four years, and it’s the class I came in with."