On Friday May 29, 2015, fifteen graduates were able to walk the gym floor to receive their diplomas. The members of the class have remained relatively the same throughout their high school years as shown in the pictures on the left.
From the end of eighth grade until their senior year the class lost only two and gained only one.
The graduating class pictured is Kamber Higgins, Brenna Braddock, Trey Waldo, Amanda Kleman, Payton Robb, Taylor Damron, Mackenzie Gerber, Tommy Russel, Hayden Gerber, Mason Kleman, Ethan Schulte, Kaden Hatla, Cole Kleman, Luis-Miguel Franco, and Kade Kleman.
The community extends its gratitude to Taylor Damron for her previous work, as Abby Schmucker fills the open spot and begins an internship through Ogallala Commons in which she will contribute to a number of community efforts.
“I think this internship will give me opportunities and experience that I will be able to use in the future,” Schmucker said.
She will be working on a project connected to the school involving the Basketball Championship Exhibit that will be displayed at German Fest. She will also be involved with other projects including the Food Pantry Garden and the photography of grave markers at Holy Family Cemetery.
Through Ogallala Commons, she will also be required to submit five blog posts about the internship, complete 10 hours of community service, and present a Harvesting Ceremony as a part of the program.
2015 SALUDATORIAN ADDRESS
BY AMANDA KLEMAN
Good evening! Family, friends, teachers, and administration, on behalf of the graduating class, I would like to welcome you to the graduation of the Class of 2015. We send out our heartfelt thanks to those who traveled from near and far to join us today. Not only do we appreciate your presence, but also your support and guidance throughout the years.
When I found out that I was the salutatorian of the class and would have to deliver a speech at graduation, my first thought was “Do I have to?” As most of you know me, I am pretty shy, and public speaking and speaking in general is not my forte. However, I knew that delivering this speech would be an honor, and I should not let my fears hold me back from this opportunity. So I would like to let this be a lesson for all of us as we journey on to our futures. Our fears, mistakes, and challenges should not hold us back from achieving our goals. Do not be afraid of the uncertainty of your future, but make a commitment to yourself that whatever life may throw your way, you will rise again to be a greater and stronger individual.
On the behalf of the Class of 2015, I would like to thank the teachers and administration for their time and dedication. We have not always been the easiest class, but you still managed to teach us some valuable lessons. To our parents, friends, and family, thank you for putting up with us all these years especially these last few months when our senioritis has seemed to be getting the best of us. Thank you for supporting and believing in us. We cannot express the gratitude that we have for you all. You have all helped us to grow into the people we are today and have inspired us to do the best we can and to pursue our dreams. Thank you for the lessons that you have all taught us, and for teaching us to think for ourselves. You have all helped prepare us for the road ahead. Thank you again to the parents, family, friends, teachers, and administration. We could not have done it without your help, and congratulations to the Class of 2015!