Thursday, June 21, 2018
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68 GHS seniors to graduate Sunday

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”—Class of 2014 motto

 As the Gothenburg High School band plays “Pomp and Circumstance” Sunday afternoon, 68 seniors will take their last stroll as GHS students.

The Community Building gymnasium will fill with parents, grandparents, other relatives, teachers and friends to watch the commencement ceremony that begins at 2 p.m.

Following “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar and arranged by Hall and Elledge, the band will play “The Star Spangled Banner” by Key and Smith and arranged by Story.

Students from grades 8-11 will play the pieces directed by band teacher Thomas Belanger.

Graduating senior Trenton Long will present opening remarks followed by varsity chorus members who will sing “For Good,” an arrangement by Mac Huff.

The piece will be directed by music teacher Ernie Blecha. Marcia Speck will be the accompanist.

Varsity band members will then play “The Time of My Life” by Previte, Markowitz and DeNicola.

Seniors giving the address will be Rebecca Anderson, Emily Franzen, Abbigail Mazour, Rachel Rice and Jessica Schmidt.

A senior video, created by the media class, will then be shown followed by a presentation of graduates by superintendent Dr. Mike Teahon.

Giving diplomas will be school board members Scott France, Lisa Geiken and Jon Hudson.

Carson Messersmith will offer closing remarks.

Seniors leading the ceremony are chosen based on academic standing in the class.

Graduates will leave the gymnasium as the band replays “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Junior escorts for the ceremony are Tanner Borchardt and Amanda Kowalewski.

Ushers are Bailey Aden, Alayna Collins, Jacob Clark and Connor Schwanz.

Senior class officers are: Blake Ristine, president; Trenton Long, vice president; Carlin Daharsh, secretary; Brett Mann, treasurer; and Kayla Trevino, at-large representative.

The junior escorts, ushers and senior class officers are all chosen by the senior class.

After the graduation ceremony, the public is invited to join a congratulatory line for seniors in the main street area of the high school.

Colors chosen by the senior class are yellow and gray. The class flower is a yellow rose and the class song is “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons.