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Philip High School graduation 2011

The auditorium was packed as Philip High School held its graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 15, 2011.

The Bacceloriate began with music played by the sixth through 11th grade band members. Pastor Frezil Westerlund gave the invocation. Graduating senior Jeff O'Connell presented the opening prayer. Special music "Benedictus" was sung by Tawnie DeJong and Trey DeJong. Included in Westerlund's message was the advice, "See the world, but come back, come back home. Now, go forth to make a new life and a new world." The band again played to close the ceremony.

The graduation ceremony began with "Pomp and Circumstance," followed by the national anthem. After Superintendent Keven Morehart's welcome, the high school choir performed "River Song." Senior Class President Bethany Kroetch greeted the audience and said, "This celebration isn't for us, but it is about us." She then introduced the 2011 salutatorian, Tawnie DeJong.

"We made it!," began DeJong, She remininiced on many points. "The diversity of our class is amazing. High school was of the times when we laughed and made lasting memories."

Tomilyn Trask, the 2011 valedictorian, also remembered the times of her and her classmates shared in their school years. "We have been through the good and the bad together."

After a senior video was played, the class was presented to the audience and Secondary Principal Jeff Rieckman addressed them. "I believe each and every one of you is ready for your next step in life."

Diplomas were presented. Tassels were officially moved from left to right. Flowers were given, along with hugs and laughs and tears, to their parents by the graduates. Again, with "Pomp and Circumstance," the Class of 2011 began their new lives.

Those seniors were Richie Baye, Shelby Bergeson, Ty Cantrell, Abby Carley, Hayden Clark, Molly Coyle, Krystal Davis, Tawnie DeJong, Kaeley Fenhaus, Beau Ferguson, Trey Fortune, Morgan Frein, Jordan Hauk, Kyle Iwan, Wyatt Kammerer, Bethany Kroetch, Tucker McDaniel, Clint Nelson, Jace Nelson, Jade Nelson, Travis Nelson, Jeff O'Connell, Brandon O'Dea, Lissa Papousek, Zane Pekron, John Schofield, Emma Slovek, Jennifer Stangle, Tomilyn Trask and Michelle Van Tassel

The senior class motto was a quote from Lane Frost, "Don't be afraid to go after what you want to do and what you want to be, but don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." The class song was "If Today was Your Last Day" by Nickelback. The class flower was the ranunculus, an elaborate variation of rose.