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Commencement marks achievement for 68 Boone Central graduates

Halie Smith, outstanding student of the senior class, receives her diploma from School Board President Karen Kayton.Many future changes will confront Boone Central graduates of 2009, but the two student speakers at Sunday’s commencement said their classmates should be ready for them.

“Thus far, our class has been the change-makers,” said graduate Jennifer Simons. “There are more changes ahead, but be not afraid (of change).”

Hilary Wolf agreed with her classmate. “There are many unknowns, but there are also great opportunities,” she said. “We are prepared because of the efforts of our families, friends and the faculty at Boone Central. We are as prepared as possible to push ourselves outside our comfort zones.”

Wolf said high school teacher Randall Henning provided some of the best preparation for the future. “He taught us that our attitude makes all the difference,” she said.

Superintendent Larry Lambert, who is retiring as an educator this summer, congratulated the 68 seniors and said he was “proud to claim them” as his last class. He called attention to the honor graduates, and introduced this year’s outstanding student, Halie Smith, and her parents, Kim and Lonnie Smith.

Graduate Dustin Dozler was master of ceremonies for commencement. The high school band and choir performed, and seniors were featured in a slide show.

Before receiving their diplomas, each of the graduates presented flowers to their parents in the audience.

The graduating class was presented by Principal Darrell Barnes, and diplomas were presented by School Board President Karen Kayton.

Recognized as honor graduates (top 10 percent of the class) this year were Drew Bonge, Dustin Dozler, Bryce Morgan, Danielle Olson, Jennifer Simons, Halie Smith and Hilary Wolf.

See More Senior Honors in the Albion News May 21 Print Edition.