COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“What we have become has been a combination of our experience here at Columbia City High School and the discovery of our talents,” said Schneider. “We have all been blessed with different talents that will help us expand to our fullest potential in life.”
Schneider’s words of advice resounded in Salutatorian Michaela Thomas’ address as she encouraged the class of 285 students to take what they have learned and apply it in the world.
“Have faith in yourself and your goals,” said Thomas. “Having faith and living with character is extremely difficult, but it’s possible.”
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 O’Connor, superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said, “Remember to fully appreciate the opportunities before you,” said O’Connor. “Knowing that there are endless possibilities that lay ahead should be reassuring.”
The CCHS band played “Pomp and Circumstance,” CCHS City Heat sang the “Star Spangled Banner,” CCHS Band Members performed the Alma Mater Song “CCHS Loyalty,” McKenzie Smith and Kassandre Yenser sang “For Good,” CCHS Senior band members played “What a Wonderful World” and CCHS band members played “Blink.”
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.