Bowman County Pioneer

DAY OF HUGS & ROSES

Bowman County seniors graduate into real world


Photo by Brad Mosher

Photo by Brad Mosher

It is an annual rite of passage for high school students – their final high school lesson.

But for the Bowman County seniors, it came on Sunday in Solberg gym.

Packed with family and friends, the students and the audience both celebrated the ending of one 12-year quest for learning and the beginning of another part their lives.

It started with 38 graduates sitting in front of the stage in their maroon caps and gowns – and the Principal, Tyler Senn, welcoming both the students and their family members.

“The Class of 2024 has already achieved some pretty remarkable milestones,” the principal said. “I have every confidence that they will continue thriving in the years ahead– whether they are pursuing higher education, enter the workforce or defend the freedoms that we cherish with military service.”

He first recognized the high scholastic achievements of some of the three dozen students in the seats.

The senior honor graduates included Dillon Bowman, Kenley Bowman, Raegen Coyle, Nathan Dix, Bishop Duffield, Ashlyn Fischer, Jaci Fischer, Kenzie Homelvig, Sarah Jeffers, Karsen Kulseth, Gavin Lambourn, Naomi Massey, Gavin McKitrick, Kirklan Meschke, Tobias Njos, Daniel Padilla, Paige Pagel, Riggs Rotenberger, Gracie Ruggles, Shawn Sola, Saige Stadheim, Claire Stafford, Emberly Van Daele and Blake Wolbaum.

Hunter Rasmussen

Hunter Rasmussen

Overall, when it came to the total amount of scholarships won by the students, it totaled to more than $500,000, the principal said.

Then members of the senior class performed a musical selection, leading to the speech by the class salutatorian, Kenzie Homelvig.

“Today is the day we accomplish the goal that we have had since kindergarten – we graduate,” she said, adding that along the way they have also impacted the school.

The principal followed, presenting awards to the seniors.

Both Jaci Fischer and Sarah Jeffers were the co-Valedictorians.

To Fischer, it was the sound of her heart that was important when it came to her valedictorian speech. “As long as your heart beats – thump, thump, thump – three things will remain the same. Our memories, our loved ones and our faith.”

Ava Lindstrom

Ava Lindstrom

For Sarah Jeffers, it was the support of loved ones that was important. “Without you, we wouldn’t be here today,” she said as she began her speech. “Always be aware of your surroundings. There are endless opportuinties and the chances to improve.”

The next presentation was one to the family and loved ones in the audience with the students handing a single rose to those who helped them achieve their goal – graduation.

After award to the salutatorian and valedictorians, it was time for the big event… presenting the students with their diploma, then the switching of the tassel from the right side of the cap to the left side, signifying their completion of high school.

Then, the students celebrated with several firing off confetti sticks into the air.

Toby Njos

Toby Njos

After exiting the gym, both the students and the family members lined up outside the gymnasium for hugs and wellwishes.

 

 

Jaci Fischer

Jaci Fischer

 

 

Principal Tyler Senn

Principal Tyler Senn

Sarah Jeffers

Sarah Jeffers

Kenzie Homelvig

Kenzie Homelvig

 

 

Gavin Lambourn

Gavin Lambourn

 

 

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