BOONE GROVE – Boone Grove High School senior choir members made it clear how they felt about their graduation day with the name of the song they chose to perform at Sunday's ceremony.
The group sang “Best Day of My Life” to hundreds of relatives, friends and classmates gathered in the gym, which was decorated with the school's colors of blue and white.
More than 140 graduates filed in to “Pomp and Circumstance” and were feted with speeches, songs and a senior class video.
Salutatorian Taylor Crisman told her classmates she had a hard time putting into words everything the day stood for, but she did come up with a few. She described her class as stubborn, talented, determined and a family. She also said her class was not ordinary and not afraid.
“We will all change the world in our own way,” Crisman said.
Crisman thanked family, friends and teachers for their help through the years, and challenged her classmates to pursue happiness.
“Enjoy the ride and never forget where you came from,” she said.
Becky DeRuntz, an English teacher at the high school, served as guest speaker and had plenty of advice for the graduates. She urged them to “be memorable” for their generosity and compassion, and to heal those who hurt, but forgive the hurts inflicted by others.
DeRuntz also encouraged the students to love themselves unconditionally, take risks and give selflessly.
She said her heart was breaking to see them leave, but she agreed with a line from the novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.
“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you,” DeRuntz said.
Valedictorian Bethany Worl said the day was a chance for her classmates to start fresh and to think about what they want to do in the future. She told the graduates to never lose sight of their goals.
“I believe everyone has some sort of genius in them. Go and enjoy it,” Worl said.
Before the ceremony started, graduates Kailee Richards and Alyssa Delrisco talked about their futures.
Richards plans to study early childhood development at Ivy Tech, with the goal of becoming a preschool or kindergarten teacher.
Delrisco has begun taking business classes at Purdue University North Central and wants to go into management. She said the thing she'll miss most about high school is her teachers.
“They were memorable, funny and cool. They made learning fun,” Delrisco said.