Johnsburg High School Graduation 2017

Johnsburg High School Graduation 2017

October 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


seniors please be seated Good evening everyone and welcome to the
Johnsburg High School Graduation ceremony. for the class of 2017. It is an honor to
be here tonight to celebrate all the success that has happened for this class
as we get started this evening I’d like to take a moment to welcome district
administrators Dr. Dan Johnson Superintendent, Mrs. Annie Mulvaney,
Business Manager Mrs. Terry Engelbrecht,
Curriculum Director Mr. Tom Ross,
Athletic Director Fran Milewski,
Assistant Special Ed Director as well as
our board members in attendance tonight Mr. Tom Oeffling, Ms. Valerie Klos, Mr.
Jerry Harker, Mr. Jim Barrett, and Mr. Steve Link let’s give them a nice round
of applause! At this time I’d ask you to please stand for the National Anthem. [National Anthem Sung by JHS Choirs] Thank You Mr. Claver we have an awesome
choir by the way I was just an absolutely amazing rendition of that
wonderful song honoring our country if you’re still standing you can please be
seated we’re going to get started with our
speeches our our first speech this evening it is my privilege to present
Dr. Dan Johnson Superintendent of Schools for District
12 Good Evening I’m gonna start with a little audience participation on Monday
who was figuring we were in the gym we so excited to be outside but good
evening we want to welcome everybody one absolutely gorgeous night this evening I
look out and I see many smiling and happy faces young men and women ready to
greet the world knowing that their possibilities are limitless it’s truly
an exciting and a rewarding night tonight I’d like to start the whole by
taking a moment and congratulating and thanking our parents and families thank
you for all that you have done to help shape the future for these outstanding
young men and women it has been a privilege to work with such talented and
dedicated individuals you should be extremely proud of them as well as
yourselves as we celebrate these wonderful accomplishments on behalf of
the entire staff we thank you for all of your support and congratulations to our
families. I do also want to take just a moment and thank the people that are sitting in the back I do want to take the time and thank our dedicated staff
thank you for your continued and ongoing dedication and support for our students
your continued commitment to high standards and academic excellence has
prepared these graduates for an ever-changing future you have been
instrumental in shaping the lives of these young men and women we sincerely
thank you for all that you have done thank you but to the students now congratulations
I look out and I see a sea of blue and think back to the start of this journey
with those small cautious steps as kindergarteners you’ve certainly grown
and now possess the pride and confidence of high school graduates it has been an
honor and a pleasure to follow this class and your academic and
extracurricular successes as you reflect back on the past four years you should
be proud of these accomplishments a record-setting ACT score, your many
wonderful theatre performances and tremendous concerts, your outstanding
vocational successes, your unbelievable seasons on the athletic fields and
courts your numerous wonderful events and activities yet beyond these school
successes you have had a significant and lasting impact on our community through
your different fundraisers your successful blood drives food drives
volunteering efforts and many other relief efforts your actions over these
years have clearly indicated your compassion and care for others your
community and really the entire world but finally and most importantly
congratulations on your academic excellence
you’ve been fit you faced intense and extreme rigor academic rigor over your
years here at Johnsburg High School you have not only met these academic
challenges but you’ve exceeded them ladies and gentlemen this is highlighted
by the more than 4.2 million dollars in scholarships that has been awarded to
this class today concludes a significant wonderful chapter in your life but it
also begins another spectacular one this new chapter will be full of adventures
new experiences that are both wonderful and challenging when you are challenged
or discouraged we hope you remember your years at Johnsburg High School and
the lessons you learned both here and at home take advantage of the different
opportunities that life has to offer find what you love be passionate and
learn all you can be kind considerate and be positive but always remember you
will be part of the Johnsburg High School family as you move on in life no matter
where always know we are here to help and lend
a hand in any way so to the entire Johnsburg High School Class of 2017,
Congratulations on all of your successes and we wish you the best thank you the first recognition for the class of
2017 is the salutatorian and we have two salutatorians this year would jake
render and elizabeth prowdy please come forward next fall Jake will be attending
Grinnell University while Elizabeth will be attending Northwestern University
please help me welcome these distinguished graduates to the stage
Jake Grunder and Elizabeth proudiy welcome friends family faculty and most
important the graduating class of 2017 it is an honor for both of us to be able
to speak in front of you tonight first of all we’d like to thank a few people
for helping us throughout our high school career thank you to our friends
who have stuck by us through tough times and if made high school memorable also
we want to thank our families for always being there when we needed them and for
continually supporting us and our interests and finally thank you for the
jomsberg high school teachers and staff for providing an excellent community
that has encouraged our growth as individuals and challenged us to become
better people today we’re here to celebrate our accomplishments achieved
while jomsberg high to reminisce upon our lives and a dream of our futures
we’ve been through countless late nights studying for tests we procrastinated on
I would know many hours of refining our skills whether I was in the auto shop on
the field or in the practice room and years of developing into independent
adults in the microcosm that is our school and here we are on this afternoon
some of us ready to get out of jomsberg but with most of us sad to leave it
behind John’s Berg is offered as many
opportunities of memories but the world is much larger and will allow us to grow
and to expand our horizon even further than we thought possible
now I’d like to take the time to express my thoughts about my years of jomsberg
hi I remember being afraid at the start of
my freshman year our small school seemed like an indefinite labyrinth that I
would lose myself in I also filled failure disappointing others not being
good enough I was afraid but I learned to let go of these fears because of the
people who were there for me I don’t know what would have happened if not for
the help and kindness of others kindness can save a life it’s saved mine my life
was reinvented it had meaning in the middle of my high school career I had
this epiphany and wanted to give back by helping others find themselves my time
in Boy Scouts National Honor Society and music program of the school has shown me
the impact of my service on other people and in return the influence it has had
on me one of my favorite quotes is from Booker T Washington an American scholar
and champion of civil rights Washington said I began learning long ago that
those who are happiest are those who do the most for others I find this to be
undeniably true I cherished the impromptu music sectional after school
and the time I spent tutoring and mentoring students selflessness changes
the way you think suddenly my joy was matched by those around me and my misery
shared and commiserated however it is a choice and I ask all of you to take this
message and serve your peers through kindness the truth is that it can be
tiresome and some days it’ll seem impossible but I promise you that your
lives will be enriched with a newfound purpose as you explore and conquer the
uncertainties of the future the future will have limitless opportunities which
is both a magnificent and terrifying thing as we graduate high school we will
likely all race towards what’s next however we all will undoubtedly
encounter a few bumps in the road and when we hit these bumps in the road one
of the most important things is to remember that we are not alone there are
always people that can stand by you or help you overcome the obstacles that
life may throw you this is the importance of family friends teachers
and classmates this is the importance of community while we all certainly have
our differences we were all part of the same community up until now and even
though some of us are leaving to experience other little corners
the world we all started here we are all individual people with our own interests
and drives but we all are heading out into the post highschool world starting
from this same little cornfield of a town though our chords may be different
our caps are all the same and as you all progress through life try to remember
your roots and the strengths of our community here thank you again and
congratulations to the class of 2017 our next recognition of the evening is
our valedictorian Kevin sample Kevin had a very distinguished four years at JHS
and will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall please help me
welcome Kevin Sowell good evening class of 2017 before I
share my thoughts on our past four years together I’d like to give thanks where
thanks is due first I would like to give thanks to the administrative staff who
work hard every day to keep our schools efficient effective and safe for all
students next I would like to thank the custodial staff for everything they do
behind the scenes for this building for example we don’t usually have two
hundred chairs sitting on our football field but I want to try and get that
done as an extra obstacle for our football players next year I would also
like to thank all of the students from this graduating class who plan to serve
in our nation’s military along with anyone with us today who has or is
currently serving in the military for keeping our borders secure so that we
can enjoy a safe education now I’d like to thank now I’d like to thank the two groups who
have put in countless hours to help us grow as both students and citizens over
our 18 years our teachers and our parents to our parents you have made us
the young men and women who sit before you today through your constant devotion
and love and for that we are ever thankful thank you for putting up with
our sass for 18 years and we couldn’t have done it without you to our teachers
thank you for all the time you’ve put in in and out of the classroom to give us
an outstanding education for being such a small town jomsberg is blessed to have
some of the finest teachers around so with the thank yous out of the way here
we go the class of 2017 has done some truly outstanding things we have sent
multiple sports teams to state competitions have put on some amazing
theatrical and musical productions and have achieved the highest average a CT
score in school history all of these are compliment as
compliments were done by dedicated groups who cared about what they were
doing but the true underlying reason we were able to do these things was
individual Drive these groups were made up of extremely driven individuals who
gave their all to their craft one team who you may recall is our football team
who took second at state this feat would have never been accomplished without the
hundreds of hours under the Blazing Sun that each player volunteered in search
of success had just one player given up or said he couldn’t take it anymore we
could be looking at a whole different story had one actor or a musician blown
off a rehearsal because they were too tired the performance wouldn’t have had
the same magical effect that’s what’s amazing about collaborative efforts yes
it requires teamwork and cooperation but it also needs each and every participant
to be driven and to care about what they’re working towards well now with
this drive comes a courage to dedicate your time and effort to a cause is the
drive but doing it and knowing you may fail takes the courage as a performer go
out on stage knowing that he will be perfect does a student who takes an AP
class know they will get a fight on the exam as a nervous valedictorian giving a
speech in front of his entire class parents and all of the district
educators know he won’t make a fool out of himself the answer is no at one point
or another each and every one of us will or already to ask ourselves the age-old
question if I could go back to freshman year what would I have done differently
this question can evoke various responses from students and parents
alike perhaps you wished you had gotten more
involved in a club or tried harder in a class maybe you wish the chicken tenders
at lunch we’re still real chicken anyways the answer you get most of this
question is regret for not having the courage to do more in high school to
give that extra mile we look back upon our past four years and we sometimes get
so caught up in the failures that we forget all the success and the great
things that we have done and will do most of the students sitting here today
will be going to college some will be going straight into work some will be
joining the military some will chase after their dreams and some won’t figure
out their dreams for years to come whatever our individual paths may be
they require courage and dedication I challenge all of us to follow our
compasses forward into the future not making the same mistakes we did in
high school let’s face the next chapter of our lives with the drive and fearless
fearlessness that we all possess I know we all possess it because we’ve shown it
the past four years Hawks they’ll always fly together thank
you and congratulations class of 2017 our final student speaker of the evening
is our class clerk excuse me our class president Molly Brown who will be
attending Marquette University next fall where she will trade being a sky Hawk
for being a golden eagle please join me in welcoming Molly Brown to the stage well I’ve practiced a speech probably a
thousand times but um nothing prepares you for this so we’ve all heard the
saying it takes a village and in our case this is especially true from the
firefighters that lead our parades to the teachers who’ve taught us day in and
day out to our parents who know us the best to the police officers who ensure
that we’re safe and to everyone else in this village our village that makes sure
we were educated loved and protected one group of people that especially had an
impact on our lives today are the teachers and not just our high school
teachers but the teachers who have helped us make our way to where we are
sitting right now from preschool to now teachers have helped us mature and
become confident our ability to succeed in everything that we do we have all had
that one teacher that we grew closer to as the years went by someone that we
could really confide in those are the teachers that make it worth it to wake
up in the morning and come to school and work as hard as we can so we can end up
right here graduating they’ve also supported us through various school
events I’ve probably seen every single teacher at least once at some kind of
sporting event or choir performance or school play and not only have they came
out to support us they’ve also participated in these events as well
they chaperoned our crazy dances they got pied in the face and they played in
the staff or student games and we all know that they are way too out of shape
to be doing this the amount of support that we have gotten from the staff and
the teachers is truly astonishing but we can’t give all the credit to our
teachers unfortunately we have to give some credit
to our parents maybe all the credit our parents are the people who’ve raised us
there our first teachers they’ve done lots of things in sure that we succeed
not only in school but in life they’re the drivers who drove us to those crazy
faraway football games they are the people who let the teenagers invade
their space their refrigerators their bank accounts and their basements they
have showed us the way they made sure we’re doing our homework actually going
to school and doing everything else that has helped us pave our paths so remember
to thank your parents and your teachers after we’re done here today because
honestly where would we be without them now on to you my fellow graduates as
this chapter ends we remember the memories that we’ve made together we
survived the heart rate monitors let’s give a round of applause for that one
yeah we lived for our chicken quesadilla days and chicken Wednesdays we cheer our
hearts out on Friday night we learned as much as we could given that we were all
diagnosed with senioritis on the first day of high school and we excelled as a
class we went to state and stacker across country golf football dance and
track not to mention Maria Lopez went to state for playing the French horn which
is amazing but we haven’t excelled just with sports our class beat the record
for the most money given in scholarships in a long time our AC T scores were the
highest we’ve seen in a few years and why is it outstanding they got fourth
place in state for the first time ever in John’s Berk history the memories go
far beyond our high school years though we have grown together we have seen each
other at our worst and we’ve seen each other at our best we saw friend groups
change and we’ve seen each other change and I don’t think some schools really
get to say that this is a small town it always has been and always will be
this is family and this is home so to wrap this up a little I ask my fellow
graduates to do one thing as you walk across the stage
stop and just soak it all in this was your home it always will be
so whatever you do in life do it the best that you can and know that if you
fail that it’s okay because you have this amazing town to come back to that’s
gonna love and support you and it truly does take a village so whether you call
it the voj or the burg you’ll forever call it home and it’s a great one to
have God’s last thank you and congratulations class of 2017 I’d like to thank our four student
presenters tonight as Molly said you can practice all you want but until you
stand up here nothing prepares you for that I just
once again I’m incredibly impressed with this class especially the four people
that got up and spoke on their behalf tonight so if everyone can join me a
nice round of applause for our speakers usually by the time we get to me it’s
all been said so I don’t have a major speech but I just have two things for
the senior class one is a request and the other is a challenge the first
request that I have is that from this point to the end of this ceremony as
Molly said try to soak everything you can in this will be the last time
probably your classes all together at once so whether you’re sitting next to
someone you participated in an activity with or maybe it’s somebody that you’re
you’re not real comfortable knowing what they’ve done give them a congratulations
and celebrate the fact that as a class you really truly stood out my other
thing is a challenge and this challenge is for the rest of your life and that is
my challenge is that you should follow what I call the Kathy Shelton rule if
you didn’t know that’s my mom the Kathy Shelton rule is that the best gift that
you can give is your time and there might be big events like this or like
today when we walked through and did our first senior walk through the elementary
schools it’s pretty amazing we had various
students make signs for the students that we walked through and it’s
elementary so there are no low fives or a lot of low fives that were that were
given but different signs things like good luck class of 2017 things of that
nature and the look on the students faces as well as the teachers faces was
100% the fact that you gave them the gift of time you gave them your time and
that will forever be in their hearts outside of these events are things like
just sitting down to dinner and sharing what’s going on with your life with your
family and I was talking with my mom recently about Mother’s Day and when
when I asked her what was the most memorable thing she said you know just
sitting down and having dinner and just listening to what’s going on and
everybody’s life was probably the best gift that I could have gotten and so
seniors and graduates I would just encourage you to recognize those little
moments as well and make sure that you soak those in and try to create those as
much as possible and finally seniors since you’ve sat and listened to quite a
few speeches tonight do you have anything you’d like to say to maybe wrap
things up for the for the night well said Thank You class of 2017 your
legacy of unprecedented success at JHS will never be forgotten and as I
mentioned to you in the auditorium before he came out it’s truly been a
privilege to be a principal the last four years congratulations and now the
moment you’ve all been waiting for our senior class will be recognized their
names will be read by a variety of JH s faculty members while their names are
read our school board members will be handing out the diplomas when all the
graduates have received their diploma mr. Tom ethylene district 12 school
board president will recognize the class of 2017 Sydney aakhri Randall Brandon Ackman Keith Adam quits Robert Alexander Alexis
Altman Alicia Altobelli Logan Anderson Serra
angel Jana Astor Sabrina ball Brendan barkas Joseph Battaglia Alexandra phoebus Connor Bell Alexa
Bennett Amy Bennett Mason burger Jared Berggren Johanna Bernal ballons
our Alexander Betancourt Sophie bleh Shaylee boosts Austin Brennan Molly
Brown Joseph Bruno Riley
Buchanan Samantha Buer Patricia kibosh Carter
Coleco Andrew Calhoun Jared Carlson Tyler casseras Kaylie Cecchini Colton Comstock Meghan
Cronin Michael crow Jillian colada Charles curry Molly cussin Nathan Damon Sean debates Joseph de Meyer Ryan Dietrich David de Monaco Fitzgerald Todd Dubrowski Drake Eckhart Jacob
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