Time for a new path for 51 Vestaburg High School graduates

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 12:53 pm on Monday, June 03, 2013

Graduating seniors line up before entering the Vestaburg High School commencement ceremony on Sunday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

VESTABURG — Seniors from Vestaburg High School took the next step on Sunday toward a new path in their lives.

For the last four years, each of the 51 graduating seniors have been preparing for this moment in their lives.

“It is a new journey for me,” said 17-year-old Tiffany Fishburn. “I have been here my whole life and now it is a new path for me.”

Fishburn is going to attend Michigan State University in the fall with her friend 18-year-old Kendra Dalrymple.

“I am real nervous about adjusting to the city,” Dalrymple said. “This is the moment we have been waiting for.”

Graduating senior Alexander Hansen directs the Vestaburg Senior High Band for the last time during the graduating ceremonies. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Senior Tyler Drumm gave the valedictory address during the ceremonies and thanked the teachers and faculty who had helped them along during their academic careers. Drumm was reminiscing about their early days in school and how things got more familiar and people who started out as strangers gradually became close friends.

However, for senior Mitch Morford graduation day couldn’t get there soon enough.

“My time here for the most part was great,” Morford said. “A part of my life that I will not forget, but I am so glad it is over with.”

Morford will be going to Michigan Technical University in the fall where he will study electrical engineering.

The commencement speaker was Jennifer Deppen, who graduated from Vestaburg in 1993 and continued her education in Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in space systems. Deppen currently works for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo.

After Deppen spoke many words of encouragement to the class of 2013 and the distinguished alumni award was presented, students walked across the stage a final time and received their diplomas.

As each student returned to their seats, the emotions throughout the gymnasium were high as parents, grandparents, family and friends watched those they were there for become new alumni of Vestaburg High School.

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