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By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

The world welcomes 26 Pine Bluffs graduates


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

The 2017 graduating class of Pine Bluffs High School waits to receive diplomas last Sunday in the school's gym.

Preceded by candle bearers and moving to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," the 2017 Graduating Class of Pine Bluffs High School took the stage for the last time at the school and prepared to move on to the next stage of their lives.

Graduate Kyle Steger provided the welcome and the invocation prior to the singing of the National Anthem by the Jr./Sr. High Choir.

Leading in the singing of the school song was Carmen Ladd:

"We will never fail to try,

For the purple and gold,

Let the tale be told,

That we're loyal to Pine Bluffs High."

Co-salutatorians Melissa Fornstrom and Sierra Shelit, in a speech written two days prior at the state track meet, quoted a saying from the Dalai Lama.

"There are only two days of the year where nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is tomorrow."

They were followed by Valedictorian Brandon Steege who invoked the relationships that he and his fellows had formed through their lives.

"It seems like not too long ago that Kyle Steger, over there, who I consider to be one of my best friends, borrowed and then broke my favorite Batman toy when we were in preschool," Steege said. "I bring this up mainly because I'm still a little bit upset about it as I am waiting for a replacement. But also because it is just one example that a lot of us have known each other since even before kindergarten. And over that amount of time I've been able to make friends with and be a part of, in my opinion, the best group of people possible. So thank you to all my class."

After the passing out of roses by graduates to parents and loved ones, and after the slide show which earned applause and cheers when each name was given, Principal Todd Sweeter formally presented the Class of 2017.

LCSD No. 2 Superintendent Jon Abrams read from a plaque presented to each student.

In part:

"We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us."

With the presentation of diplomas by Julianne Randall and Todd Fornstrom and the benediction by Ashlyn Culp, the Class of 2017 was sent into their futures.


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