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That special milestone

Congratulations to 333 Lincoln High School seniors
By: Bryce and Brooke Jones special to The News Messenger
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On a scale of 1-10, Lincoln High School’s graduation Friday night was an 11. That’s also coincidentally the Lincoln High School’s Class of 2011 slogan. It was standing-room only at the stadium, filled with friends and family members anxiously waiting Friday night to see their loved ones walk the stage during the graduation ceremonies. In order of tallest to shortest, 333 seniors stood in line, waiting for the moment they’ve waited years for. They cheered and yelled for their time to shine. “It’s a surreal feeling and it all happened so fast,” said John Pattison, Dakota Pattison’s father. “It seemed like he was a freshman just last week.” This was an exciting night for Dakota Pattison and his family. When asked what he was feeling, the proud father replied, “Big relief. I had no doubt he would graduate with the involvement of his family.” The seniors cheered during their last high school event and helped each other with crooked caps, tassels on the wrong side and last-minute preparations. The seniors cheerfully awaited their big moment. Senior Josh Hunt was honored for not missing one day of school from his freshman year to his senior year. The News Messenger asked Hunt how difficult it was to achieve this award. ”It was hard to make it every day,” Hunt said. “With the support of my parents, I was able to push forward and come to school, even when sick.” The 7 p.m. commencement ceremony started with a short speech by English Department head Mike Maul, about the 13-year journey it took to see these students graduate, from kindergarten to senior year. Music teacher Felisha Behm and the high school band played the National Anthem and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Maul then introduced the class president, Katie Emerson. She spoke about the classmates’ fun journey through high school. Salutatorian Brett Berger put humor into his speech as he said, “I need to pull this off the top of my head.” He then took off his cap and retrieved his speech. Valedictorian Desiree Kawas, during her speech, congratulated her peers for pulling through and graduating from high school. Cheers roared throughout the crowd of parents as the graduates walked to their seats, escorted by retiring staff. Those staff members are art teacher Nancy Steuck, English teacher Sheila Allen, counselor Susan Valdez, P.E. teacher Bob Wood, and helping hand Ken “Kenny” Wood. Also escorting the graduating students were counselors Jim Spratling and Tom Kelley. Announcing the graduates’ names were counselors Tom Kelley announcing the girls and Spratling announcing the boys. Keeping the tradition strong, the class of 2011 had their last bit of high school fun and blew up more than 10 beach balls and randomly tossed them around throughout the ceremony. After graduation, the field was flooded with friends and family congratulating the graduates. Bryce and Brooke Jones are a Lincoln High School senior and sophomore respectively