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Emmetsburg High School Class of 2011 Awarded Diplomas

By Staff | May 24, 2011

The Emmetsburg High School Class of 2011 celebrated high school commencement with cheers and a flurry of silly string following exercises on Sunday afternoon. Fifty-five members of the class participated in the graduation ceremony. With diplomas in hand, graduates Mara Lee, Tyler Clasing, and Halie Cody (pictured from left) made their way out of the high school gymnasium. – Lori Hall photo

The Emmetsburg High School gymnasium was buzzing with excitement on Sunday afternoon as 55 members of the EHS Class of 2011 were awarded their high school diplomas.

The Emmetsburg High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Aaron Phillips, performed “Toccata for Band” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” The band played Ployhar’s traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” as the senior class entered the gymnasium.

Those assembled then viewed a video of the Class of 2011’s childhood and senior photos set to music, which was created by seniors Jordan Kerber and Morgan Vlasman.

Chelsey Rouse, senior class president, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the afternoon activities. Rouse introduced the Emmetsburg High School Concert Choir, directed by David Fog, which performed the songs “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” and “Do I Make You Proud.”

During the commencement address, class salutatorians Nicole Leuer and Chelsey Rouse, and class valedictorian Brian Hadley spoke to their classmates.

Nicole Leuer recalled memories from the class’s elementary school, middle school, and high school years. She concluded by encouraging her fellow classmates to be confident about the future.

“Now, here we are on one of the biggest days of our lives. It’s time to face the future, ready or not. But there’s no need to worry. I feel that EHS has prepared us well and given us all the necessary skills for success,” said Leuer. “Today, we’re sitting upon future lawyers, doctors, teachers, and McDonald’s employees. Each and every one of you has a future ahead of you. Like Dr. Seuss said, ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go’.”

Chelsey Rouse cited life lessons that she has learned during her years at EHS.

“Our fierce determination and perseverance will serve us well in our future endeavors,” Rouse shared. “Great organization is important. Remember, ideas without action will get you nowhere. Finally, the last life lesson we have learned is everything is better with friends.”

Rouse thanked her family, friends, teachers, lunch ladies, and “the cop on King Street for always being there.”

Brian Hadley then spoke, reading Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.”

“Every day we pick our paths,” said Hadley. “After today, many of us will go our separate ways. Some of us will further our education, others will enter the job market, and at least one other will do missionary work.”

Hadley ended his remarks by reciting an Irish blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Following the remarks by the class salutatorians and class valedictorian, Jay Jurrens, principal of Emmetsburg High School, presented the Emmetsburg High School Senior Class of 2011. Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education President Karla Anderson and Board of Education Members Laure Egland and Don Hagen assisted Mr. Jurrens in the awarding of diplomas to the new graduates.