The grads of Greenville: 261 students comprise the class of 2012

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:24 pm on Monday, June 04, 2012

Newly graduated students from Greenville High School throw their caps into the air on Sunday after receiving their diplomas. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVIILE — Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Greenville High School honored 261 students who have finished one chapter and are about to begin another.

Kaitlin Czanderna shakes the hand of Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Rocky Hansen as she walks across the stage. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville’s class of 2012 celebrated after students walked across the stage to honor what they have accomplished.

“Life is a lot like a potluck dinner,” commencement speaker Andrew Fedder said to the students. “The meal is only as good as the meal you bring.”

Fedder encouraged students to make the most out of their lives and to take adversities as they come.

“No matter where your story takes you, you have to deal with the roadblocks and hardships,” he said.

Fedder also gave words of advice to graduates being humorous and logical based on experiences he had after high school, such as ordering extra napkins at the drive-thru because a person never knows when they will come in handy.

Zachary Betten shakes the hand of Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Trustee James Vanderlaan as he walks across the stage. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Superintendent Pete Haines told students their journey has not ended, but is just beginning. Haines said the class of 2012 is well prepared for their next steps in life and has left an impression throughout the school.

He expressed his gratitude he said he has not shared with any other class before, but has been well earned by the class of 2012.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Haines said.

The class of 2012 chose the orchid as the class flower, purple and gold as the class colors and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 as their class song.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind,” was the motto students chose for their class.

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