Thirteen years. Twelve Elgin High School seniors. One night.
On Saturday, the night they had waited for came to pass as they walked across the stage as high school graduates.
They marched into the gymnasium, family and friends nearby, for the last time as the senior class. Less than an hour later, they walked down the same path with sunglasses on as graduates of the ‘Class of 2011.’
Nathan Anderson was awarded a statue signifying him as valedictorian of the class.
He said he and his classmates have traveled down ‘a long road’ to get to this point in their young lives. “We’re fortunate to have gone to a quality school,” Anderson said to the audience.
As high school graduates, he said they are better prepared because of the teachers who taught them many lessons in and outside the classroom.
Noting how his classmates were very smart, that made him work that much harder.
“It has been a long road, but this is just the beginning,” he said.
Named salutatorian of the class was Jessica Heithoff, who edged out Anthony Hemenway for the honor. During her presentation, she noted each senior’s unique ability/attribute and how it may shape their life in the future.
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