Many of the 34 seniors in the 2013 Rogers City High School graduating class have known each other since before kindergarten and even though they are a part of the smallest graduating class in the school's history, they expect great things from themselves.
During a 40 minute graduation ceremony on Sunday, the graduates finished their time together as classmates and now set their sights on goals and expectations that lye ahead.
Superintendent Katie Makowski said despite the small number of the class she sees success beyond high school for them.
"This is an amazing achievement for each one of you. You are hard workers dedicated to achieving great things and this is only one of many more to come," Makowski. "I am confident this small, but powerful class of 2013 will do exceptional things."
Valedictorian Brooklyn Idalski said this class should not be judged on its size and that the graduates are happy they will be recognized for being a part of the smaller than normal class.
"Others might see it as a disappointing number, but we don't see it in any negative light. We have set a record." This small class of 34 is all we have ever known. In fact I don't think a single one of us would change it if given a chance. Throughout our high school years we have become more like a family than classmates. We have grown up, overcome obstacles and made so many memories together. I think all of these memories will stick with us."
Salutatorian Daniel Pflug added a sense of humor to his speech. He thanked everyone who has helped the seniors reach their graduation and thinks that has helped prepare them moving forward.
"It is no secret that basically everyone in the entire community has helped me in one way or another," Pflug said. "Now it is our job to find new methods so we can reach our full potential. As we become older we are sometimes challenged by obstacles in our lives, but during these times we must remember to push forward. Life can drain the energy right out of you, but if you keep pushing forward, you can be magnificent."
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