Vestaburg’s 45 graduates celebrate with family, friends and community


By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 12:16 pm on Monday, June 04, 2012

Valedictorian Jared Wing and classmates exit the gymnasium at the end of Vestaburg High School’s graduation ceremonies on Thursday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

VESTABURG — The Vestaburg high school graduating class of 2102 celebrated Thursday with their family, friends and community.

Valedictorians Lauren Bissell, Jared Wing, Samuel McNerney and Elaine Lowery each added their own personality to the valedictory address. Each of them shared memories of times past and each expressed their awareness of how their education and families have prepared them for this moment in their lives.

Richland Township Clerk Susan Brantley of Vestaburg gave the commencement address. As she wheeled herself to the podium, she reminded each student how this is the first day of the rest of their life and God has a plan for each of them. Brantley made the point that life may get you down, but don’t be discouraged — and she made the crowd chuckle.

“If you can’t see, learn braille,” she said. “And if you can’t walk, learn how to roll.”

Valedictorians Jared Wing, Elaine Lowery, Lauren Bissell and Samuel McNerney give the valedictorian address at Vestaburg High School on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The ceremony was moved from the football field to the high school gymnasium because of the weather but that did not stop the excitement of the 45 graduates Thursday evening.
Bissell is planning on attending Central Michigan University this autumn. She celebrated the evening with friends and family at Ruby Tuesday’s.

“I am going into the medical field,” she said.

Wing was busy most of Thursday preparing for that night’s graduation.

“… bit stressful,” Wing said, “I had to do a lot of editing to my speech all last minute to make sure it was right.”

Wing is going to Central Michigan University this autumn as well to study bio medical sciences. But Thursday night, it was time to forget about the stress and celebrate.

“I am going to the class bonfire,” he said. “Then I am going to spend some time hanging out with friends.”

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