By Randy Fogg
The Ledger Staff
MOUNDRIDGE – Hilarie Hecox, principal at Moundridge High School, wanted to take one more photograph of her first senior class at MHS during Moundridge’s 117th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 21, at the MHS gymnasium.
MHS’s Class of 2016 had a total of 30 members.
Hecox admitted she has taken a lot of photographs of Moundridge students during her first year as principal at the high school.
“I have more photographs of your children on my cell phone then I do of my own,” Hecox told parents. “They are ‘my children’ as well.”
After using her cell phone to take one photo, she said she wanted to try it one more time. Hecox wanted to “make sure it’s a good one.”
Hexox told the graduates teachers and MHS were “always here for you.”
The principal encouraged students to do good, be honest and frank and give the world the best you have.
The graduates should “find their passions and follow them,” Hecox told the graduates.
The three valedictorians for the Class of 2016 were Sky Creed, Peri Lange and Mykaela Ptacek. All three teens had 4.0 grade point averages for their four years of high school.
In their joint address, the graduates talked about lessons learned during high school.
Ptacek said instrumental music instructor Aaron Begnoche “can relate anything to band.”
Lange noted language arts teacher Melanie Krehbiel had students learn 250 new words during the school year.
“We are a unique class made up of different personalities,” Creed said.
They said the graduating class included four foreign exchange students and 19 members joined the class through the years in Moundridge.
Ptacek noted class members had to worked together to overcome the “bad class” reputation they had earned after some members had eaten dog treats in fifth grade.
The teens ended their speech with encouraging their classmates that they were capable of changing the world.
Moundridge art teacher Kelsi Chisholm welcomed attendees to the commencement. She gave her comments like she was reading the school’s morning announcements.
Chisholm told parents, “Today is as much as bout you as it is your seniors.”
She reminded high school juniors, “Your senior year goes by the quickest.”
For the graduates, she said they should be prepared to take the most “selfies” to commemorate their graduations.
They should also expect to be asked “50 times” during the day about what are they planning to do now and if they are going to college, what will the study.
MHS teacher Adam Robb gave the closing comments. He sang parts of several songs as he spoke.
“We do believe in your future,” he told graduates and then broke into Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”