Principal Dirlene Wheeler opened with Welcoming Remarks before turning the podium over to Salutatorians Emma Hall and Katelynn Julian. Then came the senior Valedictorian address by Keely Oltion who was followed by the Speaker Tyson Emborg.
Looks like Band Director Diane Knutson has directed at a few other graduations judging by the well worn sheet music
Below the championship banners of the past the the Class of 2012, led by Austin Abernatha, entered the crowded gym to a roaring round of applause
But a portion of the sea of blue surrounded by a throng of well-wishers. Check out the various forms of footwear below those similar gowns
The branding of Michael Rotellini by Paul Stadick
Michael Rotellini accepting the branding iron from Paul Stadick
The Musical Selection "For Just a Little While" performed by Spectrum
Welcome remarks by Principal Dirlene Wheeler
Speaker Tyson Emborg, applauding along with the Class of 2012, in a salute to the parents
Musical Selection "One Day" performed by Brekken Baker
Matt Johnson announces the first of the 196 names to receive diplomas
Scott Hininger, Chairman of the Sheridan County School District #2 Board of Trustees, prepares to hand out the 196 diplomas
The first to receive his diploma is Austin Keith Abernatha
But one of the many, many hugs that Dirlene Wheeler received - this one from Kamrin Allen who must have put his golf clubs down at least for the day
Band Director Diane Knutson getting one of her many, many hugs - this one by James Granum. Now I know why Diane insists on having the band on the side where the grads depart the stage.
And who will ever forget the helping hand (back) that Trenton Kelly, under his cowboy hat & mortar board, gave to his sister Tracie Kelly as he helped her down from the stage under the watchful eyes of Dirlene and Scott.
And of course you got to have at least one show off - in this case the unnamed person is Corey Kugler. And dumb ol' me I didn't even know we had a gymnastics cheer squad at SHS.
As seems to be the norm these days some rude folks have to get that perfect photo no matter what and block the view of others but in this case it wasn't Amber Trieber's parents and I did get at least this photo of her. But if I missed someone or didn't get that special shot you now know why.
And the last graduate on the list is Sierra Nicole Zowada but not the last to receive a diploma - there was one more - but I'll have to sort that out later. Check out Paul and his hard job of helping the gals get safely down the stairs.
It is tassel tossing time - moving the tassel from the right side to the left. Looks like most knew what to do and got it done correctly.
Perhaps the Sheridan Press photographer, Nick Johnson on the floor in the center, got a better "Mortar Boards a Flying" photo that I did - I didn't have time to change to a wider lens to garner a better result.
And of course there were numerous photo ops both inside and out after the graduation but for now the top of Reata Brannaman's mortar board says it best "Happy Trails" - till we meet again.