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With the turn of tassels and a toss of caps into the air, 59 members of the Class of 2018 of Emmetsburg Community High School began the next chapter of their lives Sunday afternoon, Commencement exercises were conducted in the high school gym before a large crowd of family, friends and community members. The Emmetsburg High School Concert Band, under the direction of Ms. Holly Prier, presented several numbers prior to the start of the ceremomies and performed an arrangement of the “Star Spangled Banner”?written in observance of the 9/11 tragedy to officially start the ceremonies Sunday afternoon. The band then performed Ployhar’s “Pomp and Circumstance as the senior class filed into the gymnasium and took their places. Following a welcome by Emmetsburg High School Principal Mike Embrock, the traditional Senior Video, prepared by class members Rachel Duhn and Thatcher Whitney, was presented to the audience. Senior Class Maggie Jackson, the daughter of Dan and Michelle Jackson, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. She took her class members on a quick trip of their school careers, commenting on triumphs and disappointments, but noting the class was a tight-knit group. “One thing I will tell you all is wherever life takes you, be kind,” Jackson said to conclude her remarks. The Emmetsburg Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. Jason Behrens, performed two selections, “Calling My Children Home” and “Maybe Someday” for the audience prior to the Commencement addresses. Salutatorian Mary Nelson, the daughter of Jim and Diane Nelson, thanked the teachers, coaches, directors and the community as a whole for their nurturing and support of the class over their years in school. “This is where our futures begin,”?Nelson said, “right here, right now. I?wish each and every one of you all the success and happiness in your future.” Valedictorian Kristen Kassel, the daughter of Craig and Debbie Kassel, also expressed her appreciation for the support shown the class during their school years. “We will scatter and go different ways after today, and I?hope wherever you go, whatever you do, that you will be happy,”?Kassel said. “The best years of your life are truly yet to come.” For the awarding of diplomas, Principal Embrock announced the graduates, who proceeded across the stage to receive their diplomas from Emmetsburg Superintendent of Schools Amanda Schmidt, along with Emmetsburg School Board Members Aaron Dietrich and Dan Chism. Following the awarding of the diplomas, the seniors were asked to turn their tassels, officially signifying their graduation from Emmetsburg High School and with the traditional tossing of caps, Commencement exercises came to a close with the recessional of the class.


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