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Hats off to the grads: WACO graduates 29 seniors

May 22, 2018
Photo by: Gretchen Teske Hats flew into the air to signal the graduation of 29 WACO seniors on Sunday, May 20.

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News
Before the WACO High School class of 2018 could accept their diplomas, business teacher Frank Whitten spoke to them about the changes they have faced, and the many to come in the future.“Today we honor the class of 2018, the class that has faced many changes,” said Whitten, the keynote speaker during the commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. “Things change just as you are changing into a new way of life,” he told them. Whitten went on to explain to them that social media has changed and evolved and allows them to stay connected despite going separate ways after graduation. He encouraged them to stay in touch and cherish the memories they have made. “Today marks the end of one chapter and begins the next chapter in your life,” he said.Class president Delaney Miller noted the next chapter of their lives would be new, and possibly scary. She elaborated on the challenge of entering “the real world” but explained they were already there. “High school is realer than real can be,” she said. She told the class entering the next chapter of life would be challenging, but their education at WACO prepared them adequately for the future.Class Vice President Kiana Miller encouraged her classmates to look back on the memories they’d made to carry them through to the future. She spoke about the importance of cherishing old memories and encouraged her class to make new ones as well. “Man, do all of us go back a long ways,” she said.  “For some of us this is a last goodbye, and for others, it’s just a ‘see you tomorrow’.”Sticking together and cherishing the family was the theme of graduating senior Beau Becker’s speech. Of the 29 graduates, Becker was chosen to speak. “Let me start by saying I consider this class my family,” he said. Becker told the class that no matter where they went, they would always have the friends and memories they made together at WACO to look back on. “Always remember this is our home,” he said. “The 319.”WACO board President Tim Graber introduced Dr. Rick Shelman, who was inducted into the WACO Foundation Wall of Fame. Shelman was a 1981 graduate of WACO who later went on to become a doctor. “Dr. Shelman has had a lot of education, but it all began at WACO.”Dr. Shelman spoke on the importance of staying focused and completing school work to have a successful future. “If you work hard in all your endeavors, who knows. Maybe one day, in 40 years, you’ll be up here,” he said.

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