(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Spencer's senior class couldn't help themselves; they had one more interlude moment in them and they shared it with all gathered - giving new meaning to the term "commencement exercises."
One hundred thirty-two graduates were recognized in the Fieldhouse at Spencer High School Sunday afternoon, including 29 honor grads, 18 grads with excellence and 25 members of the senior class earning graduate of distinction designation.
"We would like to thank all of the parents, teachers and administration members for putting us on the path to our success and basically just for putting up with our shenanigans," Maddie Gould, a member of the class of 2012, said during her welcome to the ceremony. "Also, thank you for guiding us to be the best people we can be."
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
"Every day we lined up and punched our lunch numbers and prayed we would get the blue tray because that was the coolest one you could have," Armstrong recalled. "While eating lunch you always had to be careful of how you placed your milk carton ... if your arrow pointed at anyone but yourself, that meant you liked whoever it was pointed at."
"Probably the most popular thing to do at recess was to play soccer," Doppenberg said. "But, if that got taken away we would play football, but when that got taken away, the only things left were kick balls. So with our creative minds we combined the two games and played rugby."
Armstrong noted the class of 2012 was the first to spend two full years in the new middle school, and Doppenberg joined Armstrong for a quick demonstration of the awkward interaction during middle school slow dances.
"Each of us arrived in this world with the desire to uncover our purpose and the need to find our worth. We mistakenly conclude that we must find distinction to prove our purpose," Magnuson said. "I believe that each and every one of us possesses qualities which individualize us."
Magnuson told the audience, "As we move forward, I fear that what we are lacking isn't intelligence but wisdom. And by wisdom I mean understanding that distinction isn't what we live for."
Fletcher, recognizing parents and teachers, reminded his classmates, "As you sit here waiting for me to shut up so you can throw your cap in the air, remember who has cared about your future."
He continued, "As you look left and right, you see we are all wearing a cap and gown, we all made it together, and we owe each other our thanks."
"You have a fresh start to decide today what you're going to do. Take advantage of it. Even though our time of walking the halls of Spencer High School has ended, it is just the beginning of our lives. Let's embrace it."
Armstrong reminded her fellow graduates, "In this bright future, you cannot forget your past. No matter where life takes us, the class of 2012, if there's one thing to remember about high school it is that it always was, is, and will be, a great day to be a tiger."
Spencer High School Principal Joe Mueting acknowledged the honor graduates in the class; and Elizabeth Hare, a Spencer senior, was provided the opportunity to read her poem, "Come What May," prior to presentation of the diplomas by district superintendent Terry Hemann and the district's board of education president Bob Whittenburg.
Spencer's choir, under the direction of Katie Kardell and student director Weston Merrill, and the high school band, under the direction of Kurt Schwarck, provided music for the day's festivities.
Armstrong, during her speech also asked her fellow seniors to recall a special night that led to a popular movement at Spencer this year.
"Our class has always been the ones to show school spirit day-in and day-out, like the time when the music did not start at half time of the homecoming football game. ... That experience began the formation of our most exciting accomplishment as a class, the introduction of the interlude," Armstrong said.
It was only fitting, following the presentation of diplomas and senior class president Emma Barber's final recognition of the class of 2012, that the majority of the students broke out into the interlude, dancing together for a final in their rows, before tossing their caps and exiting the gym as Tiger alumni to Flo Rida's "Good Feeling."