They may have been diamonds in the rough when they began their educations, but the newest class to graduate from Medora High School shined brightly after Friday’s night commencement exercise.
The school’s 119th graduating class featured 16 students, including Judd Fish, who began the half-hour program in the gymnasium by leading the Pledge of Allegiance followed by class Vice President Grace Cobb saying a prayer.
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With an eye on the past, valedictorian Kailen Flynn spoke about the future.
“Even though we will miss high school, it’s exciting to know we will be starting new chapters in our lives,” she said. “For some, it is a sequel to our education. Others are opening a completely new book with adventuring into the workforce.
“And to those who don’t know where their story begins, be confident and know that you have been equipped with the tools to be successful in whatever your endeavors may be.”
Classmate Taylor Hunter is one of the graduates who plans on furthering her education.
“My plans are to go to college and become a vet tech,” said Hunter, who grew up on a farm.
She said, however, that she was going to miss all of her friends.
Classmate Owen Sullivan agreed.
“It was small and everybody was friends with everybody,” he said of attending Medora. “I’m going to miss friends.”
He said his plans are to enter the workforce.
So is Skylar Jones.
“I just want to get a job and make money,” he said. “I want to maybe take classes to be a diesel mechanic.”
Tony Wilson also isn’t quite sure about his future, either. Although, he said he is considering a career in law enforcement or as a personal trainer.
Salutatorian Gwyneth Morris thanked everyone who provided support for the graduates along the way, including family and friends and teachers and staff.
“… for I wouldn’t be standing here graduating without them,” she said. “They helped me through a lot, whether it be educational or personal. They always inspired me and motivated me to do better.”
Morris also passed on some of the advice she had learned over the years.
“Life life to the fullest, appreciate what you have and never give up,” she said. “Remember, nobody is perfect, and even diamonds were made in the most pressurized and hottest places in the earth. They don’t form overnight.”
Class President Morgan Dunn also spoke briefly.
“In life, no one succeeds alone,” she said. “Many people have helped in leading us to this point, including our friends, family and the staff at Medora Community Schools.”
After giving a brief speech, school board President Joe Campbell and Superintendent Roger Bane distributed diplomas.
Dunn then led the turning of the tassels ceremony, followed by the recessional.