Hancock Middle-Senior High graduates 49

June 10, 2005|by TARA REILLY


The front doors of Hancock Middle-Senior High School burst open Thursday night, sending cheers, high fives and laughter out to the parking lot.

Forty-nine seniors had just received their high school diplomas and certificates.

"It's over!," one former student yelled, as he pointed to the sky.

After sharing hugs and shedding a few tears, members of the Class of 2005 huddled together and tossed their caps into the air.

"Now we are challenged to show the world what we know," salutatorian Jordan J. Appel urged her classmates moments earlier.

The graduating class had two valedictorians - Thomas J. Willoughby, who gave a speech called "The Past is Always Present" and Amber D. Moats, who spoke of "The Edge of Tomorrow."


Moats was optimistic about her classmates' futures.

"No path we choose will be wrong, and none will be better than the other," she said.

"Let's all make our futures bright and show the world how amazing a Hancock (graduate) can be," Moats said.

School counselor Renee B. Christensen said the Class of 2005 has already shown it's capable of achievement. The graduates received $652,890 in scholarships and awards.

Principal Warren K. Barrett said the graduating class three years ago, when he started working at Hancock, earned $92,000.

"We've come a long way," Barrett said.

Barrett challenged the graduates to use their talents wisely.

"Where will you take your talents?" Barrett asked. "Will you create a legacy, or will you be one who has wasted your talent?"

Board of Education President Paul Bailey told the class to never forget the people - including teachers, parents and pastors - who helped them over the years.

He also told them to never give up and to make contributions toward resolving major issues facing the world, such as poverty, hunger, human rights violations, cancer and the spread of AIDS and "nuclear proliferation."

"You will be entering a world that needs a lot of fixing," Bailey said.

"Graduates, these are your challenges," Bailey said. "I would ask that you go forward in life with God's grace and make your contribution to a better world."

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