The annual rite of passage into adulthood is known by many names. Commencement, graduation, etc. Whatever you call it, the ceremony marks the end of childhood and the official entry into the real world for millions of high school students across the nation every year.
There were a total of 102 students graduating from Union High School this year, many of whom already had their minds made up on their plans following commencement. For others, it was a chance to share one final moment with their classmates before deciding what their next step would be.
The Union grads have a lot to be proud of, both in the classroom and outside of it. They performed well academically, with many graduates going on to area colleges and into promising careers right away. Their success on the athletic fields, in the concert halls and at various other competitions provide many memories along the way.
At top, Casey Tecklenburg and Kelsey Ewald receive awards from Principal Travis Fleshner during commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Above, the UHS choir performs “Come So Far” during the commencement ceremony. At left, Kelsey Ewald addresses the Class of 2012. Photos by Alissa Klenk.
Notably, the senior class boys were part of a football team that brought home the state championship in 2011, bringing a sense of pride to the communities of La Porte City, Dysart and other area towns.
The awards for the most representative male and female of the senior class went to Casey Tecklenburg and Kelsey Ewald. Ewald had the chance to address the class and give some parting words of wisdom to her fellow graduates.
The Class of 2012 is full of top academic and athletic performers who are sure to leave their mark on a world which they've now been thrust into as high school graduates.
The Dysart Reporter would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments, and with them well in whatever path they end up on in the road called life.
Here's to hoping that the world is ready for all the wonderful things they have to offer.