SHS Class of 2012 has Graduated

Sheridan High School 9-11 Band struck up Sir Edward Elgar's 1901 "Pomp and Circumstance" at precisely 1:00 pm Sunday and the Processional was on as the graduates-to-be filed into the standing room only gymnasium for Sheridan High School Commencement Exercises 2012. Once seated a branding took place - perhaps a Wyoming only event. Student body president Paul Stadick "branded and then handed" the class branding iron to incoming student body president Michael Rotellini. After the musical selection "For Just a Little While" performed by Spectrum, 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. The second Musical Selection "One Day" was sung by a cap and gowned senior Brekken Baker who wowed the audience and was the lead in to the Presentation of the 196 Diplomas. Dirlene Wheeler and Class President Katelynn Julian then directed the sea of blue before them to move the "Tassel" from the right side to the left and Presented the Senior Class. On command the tassels got moved and without a command the mortar boards flew. Many photos follow and later (bear with me) all graduates will appear at: http://deerrungraphics.com/

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.
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
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
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
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
The branding of Michael Rotellini by Paul Stadick
Michael Rotellini accepting the branding iron from Paul Stadick
Michael Rotellini accepting the branding iron from Paul Stadick
The Musical Selection "For Just a Little While" performed by Spectrum
The Musical Selection "For Just a Little While" performed by Spectrum
Welcome remarks by Principal Dirlene Wheeler
Welcome remarks by Principal Dirlene Wheeler
Senior Address
Senior Address
Speaker Tyson Emborg, applauding along with the Class of 2012, in a salute to the parents
Speaker Tyson Emborg, applauding along with the Class of 2012, in a salute to the parents
Musical Selection "One Day" performed by Brekken Baker
Musical Selection "One Day" performed by Brekken Baker
Matt Johnson announces the first of the 196 names to receive diplomas
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.