By Bill Schlichting
Before the roll call to receive their diploma folders, members of the Brookings-Harbor High School graduating class of 2010 were reminded that the level of success is measured by “how far you bounce after you hit bottom.”
These were the words of Gen. George S. Patton quoted by Stan Baron, chief executive officer of Chetco Federal Credit Union at the end of his keynote speech Saturday at Elmer Bankus Stadium.
Others who spoke to the 98 graduates and countless families and friend in the audience during the afternoon included Art Dingle, who was chosen Teacher of the Year, faculty speakers Diane Kinney and Kristy Kleespies and student Monica Mitchell, who gave the salutatorian address.
Mitchell told her classmates that, “in a few minutes, we are going to take a giant leap.
“Now the choices begin,” Mitchell said. “We must decide what job we’ll be doing 20 years from now.”
During her speech, Mitchell thanked the parents and teachers for their support.
Following Mitchell’s speech, Chris Haglund accepted his Valedictorian Award.
Saturday’s ceremony began with the class walking to their seats to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the high school band. While the Sea Breeze jazz ensemble sang the national anthem, Megan Boardman and Maria Jordan presented the colors on horseback.
Principal Bryan Wood welcome those attending the event followed by school district Superintendent Brian Hodge presenting Academic Excellence certificates and announcing the honors diplomas.
After the keynote address by Baron, the graduating members of Sea Breeze sang “My Wish.”
The ceremony ended following the roll call of diplomas when Hodge declared the seniors as graduates. The graduates then threw their caps into the air and sprayed Silly String to celebrate.
By Arwyn Rice
Fifty Gold Beach High School seniors walked three-by three Friday, and bade their school, teachers and coaches farewell Friday night at the Class of 2010 Graduation ceremony.
The Panther graduates were dressed in green and black, and many were decked out in lei or carrying single long-stem carnations.
Valedictorians Katherine Zuber, Katie Walling, and Lindsey McDonald compared their experience – and future – to softball, a road trip, and to painting.
“(My sister) taught me not to be afraid to show my true colors,” Walling said. “When you’re having fun, don’t be scared to let the paint fly. You can always wash it off later.”
Salutatorian Brodey Carpenter offered more straightforward advice.
“Remember to thank all the people that have and will help you throughout your life, starting with your parents and moving outwards in a spider web effect,” Carpenter said. “Take all the help, wisdom, advice and mistakes that they share with you and use it to propel yourself forward, making your life unique in its own way.”
When it came time for the graduates to receive their diplomas, their mischievous side came out.
Many stuck brightly colored stickers on Central Curry School Board Chair Greg Marstall, at first surreptitiously on his back, then playfully on his hair and face.
Marstall laughed through the pranks, even when one grad bent down and placed a sticker on the top of his shoe.
Superintendent Jeff Davis listed the class’ achievements, including that the class earned more than $427,000 in grants and scholarships, he said.