BOONE TOWNSHIP | As friends and family gathered for the 124th annual Boone Grove High School commencement ceremony, the band established the festive mood with several special songs.
In her welcoming address, class President Paige Kraushaar paused for a moment of silence for Alyssa Salapski, “the angel of the senior class,” who lost her battle with leukemia in their sophomore year. Kraushaar also reminisced, “Porter Lakes Elementary and Boone Grove Elementary kids didn’t actually like each other on our first day of middle school. But now most of us have a best friend from the other school.”
Next, the senior choir sang “Carry On Wayward Son,” accompanied by Jacob Williams on acoustic guitar.
Guest speaker Kathy Sherman was with these students on their first day of sixth grade. “It has been a wonderful experience to watch the class of 2013 mature from children to young adults,” she said. “It has been an honor to be part of your lives.”
Assistant Principal Edward Ivanyo congratulated the senior class on earning more than half a million dollars in scholarships. With several sports teams that excelled, many Boone Grove students will be attending university on athletic scholarships.
Valedictorian Nicole Kaminsky encouraged her peers to aim high. She noted several of her peers who have overachieved in various areas, from arts to athletics to showing compassion.
Among the graduates, Maryam Adisa, originally from Nigeria, said she was a little nervous when she first came to Boone Grove two years ago.
“I’m obviously different,” she explained, “but they’ve been really accepting. They are very loving people.”
Dr. Fatai Adisa echoed his daughter, “It’s been a very good experience. We really appreciate the openness of the Boone Grove High School community.”
Principal W. Gary DeRossett said , “This class really gives of themselves to help others, more than most.”
Superintendent Stacey Schmidt summarized the expectations and hopes of the Boone Grove community, “I can’t wait to see the leaders you become, the things you invent, and the difference you make in the lives of others.”