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COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Columbia City High School (CCHS) seniors turned a page in their lives to begin a new chapter, they were reminded, by Valedictorian Jenee Schneider, how their time in high school has shaped who they are now and what they are to become.
â€śWhat we have become has been a combination of our experience here at Columbia City High School and the discovery of our talents,â€ť said Schneider. â€śWe have all been blessed with different talents that will help us expand to our fullest potential in life.â€ť
Schneiderâ€™s words of advice resounded in Salutatorian Michaela Thomasâ€™ address as she encouraged the class of 285 students to take what they have learned and apply it in the world.
â€śHave faith in yourself and your goals,â€ť said Thomas. â€śHaving faith and living with character is extremely difficult, but itâ€™s possible.â€ť
Phil Stanczak and Joe Urschel, faculty speakers, each spoke to the class, reminding them to remember the people who supported them through school, and live each day with love for others.
Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said, â€śRemember to fully appreciate the opportunities before you,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor. â€śKnowing that there are endless possibilities that lay ahead should be reassuring.â€ť
The CCHS band played â€śPomp and Circumstance,â€ť CCHS City Heat sang the â€śStar Spangled Banner,â€ť CCHS Band Members performed the Alma Mater Song â€śCCHS Loyalty,â€ť McKenzie Smith and Kassandre Yenser sang â€śFor Good,â€ť CCHS Senior band members played â€śWhat a Wonderful Worldâ€ť and CCHS band members played â€śBlink.â€ť
Presentation of the Colors was done by U.S. Marine Corps and The Pledge of Allegiance was led by 2012 Class Officers.
Diplomas were presented by Lyle Kuhmichel and Andrew McDaniel.