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RHS Class of 2014 turns tassels

By Staff | May 30, 2014

The Rugby High School Class of 2014 participates in the cap tossing following the presentation of diplomas at the commencement at RHS on May 25. Tim Chapman/PCT

The 114th graduating class of Rugby High School was celebrated at the commencement on May 25 at Charles Hanneman Gymnasium at RHS.

The sun was bright and strong on graduation Sunday, mirroring the optimistic outlook communicated by student speakers, Superintendent Mike McNeff, the concert band and choir and Rev. Mike Pretzer’s invocation.

The Class of 2014 was 42 strong, adding to the more than 6,000 to receive diplomas in the school’s history.

McNeff spoke of the importance of grit as the graduates move forward in life. He also emphasized the importance of setting long-term goals.

The class’ top-three honor students delivered speeches on the past, present and future. Hannah Christenson reflected on the Question of the Day she and her peers faced as little kids at Ely Elementary. Nigel Hageness shared his gratitude to his family, teachers and others who guided the Class of 2014. Amber Jaeger shared that the class decided against voting on superlatives like the most likely to succeed.

“We’ll all be successful in our own ways,” Jaeger said.

Under the direction of Kari Hill, the RHS concert band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” and “Fanfare and Recessional” at the beginning and end, respectively. The band also performed “Zeus: King of Gods.” The senior choir sang Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever)” and the concert choir sang “When We Say Goodbye”.

High School Principal Jared Blikre presented the class and outgoing school board members David Anderson and Mark Hamilton presented the diplomas.

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