LAKEVIEW — The importance of connections, friends and family was the overriding theme at Lakeview High School’s commencement exercises Sunday afternoon.
Ninety-five students comprised this year’s graduating class.
Held at the school’s athletic field, the event was well-attended by proud parents, siblings and other friends and relatives of the graduates.
Gusting winds sometimes played havoc with the graduating seniors’ mortarboards and on occasion made it difficult to hear the public address system. Even so, the positive message being related to the grads by the student speakers and keynote speaker came through with crystal clarity. That message was one of hope for the future.
Superintendent Kyle Hamlin got things rolling by telling the students that graduation is a “joyous occasion” and that they should live their lives with a sense of pride, both in themselves and their actions.
Four students spoke prior to the keynote speaker. First up was Marcus Erspamer, who spoke on the relationships he has established since his early days of high school, when he still considered himself a “lone wolf.”
“As the years passed, I found myself getting more and more attached to the class of 2012,” Erspamer said.
Fellow student speaker Cecilia Bayne echoed Erspamer’s comments, saying, “We learned more about ourselves than we did about all the subjects combined. We have been through some tough times together, but we will remember them forever.”
Next to take the podium were Zechariah Tanis and Elizabeth Heyn, who talked about the importance of family in shaping the lives of themselves and their fellow graduates.
“No matter where life leads us, we have the opportunity to succeed,” Heyn said. “But home is where your story begins. Don’t wait to begin the process of becoming what you hope to be. Step into the dream that is your future.”
Tanis agreed that there is no time like the present to begin working toward the future.
“We may have the future president sitting among us,” he said. “How can you seize tomorrow if you don’t cultivate today?”
Keynote speaker and Lakeview High School faculty member Carolyn Muessman garnered much applause with her exhortation to the students to follow their dreams with all their might.
“Find something you love, find something you’re passionate about,” Muessman said. “You be what you want to be and you be the best at it.”
Diplomas were presented by members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education. Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen offered closing remarks prior to the recessional, set to the tune “Tattoos on This Town” by Jason Aldean.
This year’s class colors were blue and white and the class flower was the white daisy.