WAYNESFIELD — Valedictorian Nathan Turner ordered a turning of the tassle, and with it 42 Waynesfield-Goshen High School senior completed a chapter of their lives and were announced the graduating class of 2012.
“I want you to look around and remember this moment, said Ivy Horn, another of three valedictorians. “Remember when we walked in in kindergarten and we were scared of the uncertainties — and now we leave with the same feeling.”
Each Waynesfield-Goshen student accepted their diploma as the walked in front of the crowd, accepting their diploma from one of the school board members as Superintendent Chris Pfister and Principal T.J. Winkler looked on. Friends and family made up the majority of the crowd numbering approximately 640, almost 80 percent of the village’s population.
The event started with the processional as the Waynesfield-Goshen band played pomp and circumstance. Class of 2012 Vice-President Alyssa Dyer guided the group in saying of the Pledge of Allegiance and delivered the invocation.
In accepting the distinguished alumni award, David Dixon recalled his memories of his hometown.
“When I graduated, I anticipated going to Ohio State University,” Dixon said. “I never anticipated going to the University of Colorado, or the University of Minnesota. I never anticipated going to the University of Columbia for my first job, but you go where the jobs are. It is always nice to return to the family farm on state route 196. “We are all part of the heritage.”
Turner and Horn, along with Jessica Riemesch, where announced as the class valedictorians.
“Whether joining the military, going to college or joining the workforce, challenges will arise,” Reimesch said. “Now that this chapter is coming to a close, I would like to challenge all of you to take the opportunities that arise.”
Salutatorian Morgan Horn shared a different sentiment.
“We have learned, laughed, loved, got into trouble, and most importantly matured together,” Morgan Horn said. “I will be forever grateful for all the memories I have made here.”
The music selection of “For Good and “For We Wish You Music” were performed by the high school choir. Pfister certified the class prior to the students receiving their diplomas.
It was announced that the class received a total of $412,325 in scholarships.
A senior memories video was shown prior to the class exiting during the recessional and officially becoming high school graduates.