245 students graduate from Greenville at 140th commencement


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:50 am on Monday, June 03, 2013

During his commencement address, teacher Timothy O’Brien asked the students to stand and take photos of their family to document the beginning of the next chapter in the student’s lives. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — For Greenville High School’s 140th commencement ceremony on Sunday, the event took place outside for the first time on Legacy Field.

A total of  245 students graduated, including Amy Staten, who joined the ceremony via Skype from Germany where she is participating in an exchange program.

The theme of Sunday’s graduation ceremony was the impact the class of 2013 can make.

“I look forward to presenting you to the world,” said Superintendent Pete Haines. “You have left your mark on our hearts, and other places, too.”

When describing the class of 2013, Haines said the students cared for each other, were there for each other and had each other’s backs.

“That’s an honorable thing,” he said.

Matthew Wilder received his diploma during Sunday’s graduation ceremony at Legacy Field. Greenville Board of Education Trustee James VanderLaan presented Wilder with his diploma. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Although Sunday marked a highlight in the student’s lives, Haines said he hoped Sunday did not mark the greatest day of their lives as leaving Greenville High School was just the beginning of many more successful adventures of life.

“You will be missed,” Haines said.

High school history and government teacher Timothy O’Brien gave the commencement address to the class of 2013.

“What an awesome day it is here,” said O’Brien, noting the achievements the students have made.

O’Brien reminisced with the students about the past and joked about the future, but most of all he encouraged the students to make an impact with their lives.

During his speech, he quoted Peter Gabriel and stated, “You can blow out a candle, but you can’t blow out a fire…”

To make a difference, O’Brien asked the students to vote, mentor and more, but to also take a step back and see how they have grown.

“Make it fun, work hard and enjoy life,” O’Brien said were three principals to live life by. “Continue to change the world.”

The class of 2013’s flower was the snapdragon, their colors were purple and gold and their song was “Tattoos On This Town,” by Jason Aldean.

“The choices we make about the lives we live, determine the legacy we leave,” was the class of 2013’s motto.

On Sunday, 245 students graduated from Greenville High School. The ceremony took place outside on Legacy Field for the first time. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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