Graduates say farewell to South Adams

Authored by Manda Arnold on Jun 4, 2012

As family and friends filled the South Adams auditorium for the 2012 South Adams graduation, 86 seniors brought their high school careers to a close.
After welcoming those who attended the graduation and thanking the South Adams School Board for their leadership and service to the South Adams community, superintendent Scott Litwiller recognized the teachers for providing an education to the graduates, as well as the parents for partnering with South Adams Schools. He also gave some words of reminiscence and congratulations to the seniors.
“It just seems like a few months ago that we were in a middle school gymnasium in Geneva for your sixth grade graduation. Wow, how time has passed,” said Litwiller.
The seniors were encouraged by their valedictorian, Scott Hoeppner and salutatorian, Jenna Smith to be the future, to never let someone tell you you can’t, and to be world changers. They were reminded that money is not the only representation of success and were encouraged to focus on what’s truly important in life, love and friendships. And they were challenged to be the best person you can be and never to conform to the world’s ways.
South Adams High School principal Trent Lehman recognized some of the many successes of the class of 2012. In sports, he recognized the boys and girls cross country team for winning the ACAC conference, the boys cross country team for making it to semi-state, the boys track team for winning the ACAC conference, the wrestling team and senior Todd Batt, who made it further than any other South Adams wrestler to become a state runner-up, and the football team for their impressive 10-2 record, one of the best records in South Adams history, and Dustin Wanner who was ranked first in all-state football. He recognized the Dots in Blue Water project for continuing to personify excellence, the Skills USA and machine trades program for winning state and competing at national, and the band and choir for their many accomplishments and awards.
“The South Adams Class of 2012 exudes excellence,” stated Lehman.
As the diplomas were being handed out, the first diploma was received by Austin Miller. At the 2011 graduation, a seat was saved for him with his picture on it. He was not able to attend the graduation, and it was unclear at that time whether Miller was going to make it to the 2012 high school graduation.
“One of our prayers was that Austin would walk across this stage and receive his diploma. That prayer is about to be answered,” explained Lehman.
Miller received his diploma from Lehman and was given a standing ovation.
After the final diploma was handed out, the final tassel turned, and the last of the silly string covered the gymnasium floor, Kristen Lehman dismissed her fellow seniors for the last time with a benediction.
The class of 2012 government was JD Tarr, president; Jacob Werst, vice president; Kristen Lehman, secretary; and Lily Taing, treasurer. Their class flower was Forget-Me-Not. Class colors were gold and black, and the class song was Miracle of the Moment by Steven Curtis Chapman. The class motto from Antoine De Saint-Exupery was, “It is not for us to forecast the future, but to shape it.”

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