BSHS graduates bid farewell in evening ceremony
By SALLY BOYD
Gazette Neighbors Editor
The 163 members of Bellevue Senior High School’s Class of 2012, with arms entwined around each other, swayed gently to and fro to the strains of the BSHS Alma Mater Saturday evening in BAF Stadium under cool blue skies and wispy white clouds, their red and white commencement gowns fluttering in the winds, as they completed their journey for the final time as a group.
Despite the winds, which occasionally blew off a few of the graduates’ mortar boards, and a few difficulties with the sound system — perhaps caused by the persistent winds — the 137th commencement exercises came off without a major hitch. There were a few tears of sadness, many tears of joy, and whoops and hollers from the large crowd who watched with pride as their special graduates crossed the dais to receive his or her diploma.
Five sets of twins were members of the class — Aaron and Trevor Beck, Jeffrey and Julie Edwards, Anson and Winston Hupp, Nathan and Zachary Irons, and Jacob and Joshua Lukas — giving those families double reason to celebrate.
Following a prelude of music, performed by members of the BSHS band, the graduates marched into the stadium through a cordon of faculty dressed in the robes and hoods signifying their advanced degrees. Led by their class officers, President Brendan Adkinson, Vice President Alivia Ball, Secretary Nicole Price and Treasurer Eliot Brubaker, the 163 graduates entered the stadium at 7:30 p.m., making their way to their seats on the track in front of the home stands packed with family and friends as the band, led by Wayne McCoy, performed the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The seniors first faced the crowd, smiles lighting up as they spotted family and friends in the audience. The Color Guard, comprised of veterans from American Legion Post 46, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1238 and the Marine Corps Reserve League, made their entrance to the National Anthem played by the band.
Principal Gordon Moore, serving as master of ceremonies, thanked the veterans in the crowd, asking them to stand for recognition as he then introduced the five graduates who will be joining the military: Ian Hayward and Chase Ferguson, U.S. Marine Corps; Danelle Wade and Cody Jones, U.S. Navy; and Matt Newland, U.S. Army.
A special moment of silence and release of balloons was held to honor the memory of classmates Ernie Garcia and Matthew Davenport, both of whom died this past year.
Class President Brendan Adkinson gave the traditional class address reflecting on the years leading up to graduation, intertwined with serious insight and humor.
“ It seems like just yesterday we were little kids beginning our first day of school. I am sure many of you can still remember this day. Do you remember arriving at school and entering a large room filled with some of the greatest toys you had ever seen? This sight filled your heart with joy. However, this joy was soon extinguished by a new word: sharing,” he said.
“Grade school flew by and we soon entered junior high. Here, we were faced with a devastating catastrophe: the loss of recess. Yet, this loss was somewhat negated by the gift of the locker. This locker soon became filled with all of the junk we couldn’t fit into our room at home…
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