Photo by Steve Rogers South Bend HS Salutatorian Myranda Curtis delivers her commencement address. Myranda plans to study science at Western Washington University.
By GEORGE KUNKE KOPLITZ FIELD HOUSE – South Bend High School’s Class of 2013 Commencement ceremony was a joyous evening filled with loud laughter, thunderous cheers, and heartfelt tears. Thirty-five students received their diplomas before a huge crowd of about 850 Friday night at Koplitz Field House.
South Bend Superintendent of Schools Mike Morris delivered poignant Welcome Address.
“Every graduation class is special and this class is not different,” Morris said. “This class has shown phenomenal leadership skills throughout the years. It has been an honor to be their superintendent. I’m proud of them for being good kids with big hearts. Everyone should be very proud for what they’ve accomplished. They’ve left me with many fond memories over the past thirteen years. I believe in all of you. I hope you believe in yourselves. Set your goals high and enjoy chasing your dreams.”
Morris then traditionally left what he called his favorite life’s motto: “If you wish to soar with the Eagles, you can’t run with the turkeys.”
Class Valedictorian Jake Funhouser thanked his mentors, people and family for his successes. “As my classmates and I go on our own journeys, we will always have those pieces that Willapa Harbor gave us. And that’s not something an AP Calculus class would have ever taught us. Yeah, we might all be a little short on opportunities around here, but his community has made up for it tenfold. On that note, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for giving my classmates and me the pieces of ourselves we have needed to obtain our own successes…Graduation being one of them. Thank you!”
Myranda Curtis, the class salutatorian said, “On behalf of the Class of 2013 I’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to our teachers and our administrators for all the dedication…To our moms and dads and all of our family and friends, thank you for you support throughout our lives. You have taught us more than any formal education ever could. We go out into the world with confidence and readiness because of all your combined efforts. Thank you for teaching us to think for ourselves. We are forever grateful.”
Class Speaker Rachael said, “So as our day comes to a close, and we have a piece of paper that represents every ounce of emotions and memories we have created in the last thirteen years, just remember, that in life the limit of what we can handle and what we can achieve does not exist; because we are the Class of 2013, and we have the ability to conquer anything.”
The Class Motto for the SBHS Class of 2013 was from Thomas M. Smith, which read:
“Let us keep climbing ever higher,
“Never fearing the step that is next,
For our goal is in our grasp,
Just beyond our hopes and dreams.”
The ceremony opened with the Faculty Processional, followed by the Student Processional with the SBHS Band playing Pomp and Circumstance, followed by the Star-Spangled Banner.
Class President Bailey Houk introduced her classmates to the audience.
The SBHS Band played The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa.
The students gave out roses to their loved ones and rounds of laughter accompanied the Graduation Slide Show.
School Board President Steve Rogers presented the diplomas to the students, including Rachael Black**, McKenzie Bowling*, Austin Boyes*, Emily Burbank**, Colton Church, Myranda Curtis**, Robert Dalton, Agustin Diaz Jr.*, Michaela Eastham*, Lakyn From*, Jake Funkhouser**, Lindey Ginther, Dakota Halverson*, Cohen Hansen, Terrell Hodgson, Michael Hoerr, Ashley Hoffman*, Bailey Houk*, Cynthia Herrera*, Nathanael Kunke, Shy LaRue, Sophie Lee*, Kenadee Miller*, Alexa Mittge*, Shawntelle Moncy, Bryson Ogilvie, Michael Padgett, Allison Reidt, Ruby Sanchez, Sarah Schuttie, Dalton Stigall, Jordan Stigall, Alyssa Teav, Brook Viraphonh.
Twenty-nine of 35 students received some kind of scholarship.