As the band played a ceremonial tribute to our veterans in early observance of Memorial Day, hundreds of friends, family members, peers, and community members filed in to the high school gymnasium to witness the crowning moment of the 158 members of the Wauseon High School Class of 2016. The commencement ceremony of WHS, traditionally held the Sunday before the Memorial Day holiday, celebrated the graduation of this year’s seniors, who brought many traditions of excellence in their own right.
After the playing of “Pomp & Circumstance” as the processional commenced, the crowd was greeted with a warm welcome from Class of 2016 President Morgan Bzovi who congratulated her peers and thanked all of the class’s supporters. Under the direction of Miss Angelica Dunsavage, the 16 senior members of the WHS Acapella Choir then performed “Breaking Free,” a selection from the movie “High School Musical.”
Sandra Griggs, Wauseon Board of Education President, recognized the five valedictorians of the Class of 2016: Caleb Blanchong, Brianna Coblentz, Mason Creager, Kasey Darnell, and Mia Wenger. Added to this list of names for recognition of the Top 5 percent of the class was Oliviah Banister, Daniel Hench, and Anna Marshall. A plaque will be added to the Academic Hall of Fame for this accomplishment.
Being introduced by Superintendent Larry Brown and chosen by their class to give the Class Addresses were Dean Torres and Breanna Demaline. Torres spoke on life being in chapters, with new adventures and opportunities in each, while Demaline reflected on how the days spent in high school can be transforming and rewarding in helping to develop who the class wants to be as individuals.
Following music from the Wauseon High School Marching Band, directed by Don Clark, the Class of 2016 was presented and awarded diplomas by Keith Leatherman, Wauseon High School principal, and Griggs.
Leatherman applauded the class as being enormously successful in their high school careers. He cited the Class of 2016 as having the potential of earning over $2.1 million in renewable scholarships. Another commendable feat of the class is achieving 19 NWOAL titles over their four year career: a school record.
The class gift of a new podium for formal events was presented by Breanna Demaline, Class Treasurer, and Emily Legenza, Class Secretary. Closing remarks were given by Class Vice President Mason Creager followed by the Alma Mater and the Recessional led by the WHS Concert Band, conducted by student Field Commander Audra Schmunk.
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