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AHS celebrates Class of 2018


Christopher Andersson

Flight choir sing "Lean on Me" at the school's Commencement Ceremony on June 14.

More than 300 Arlington High School students celebrated completing high school at the school's Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony on June 14.

Many speakers appreciated the variety of accomplishments students worked for during the last four years.

"Apparently someone thought that just because I got a 4.0 GPA that qualified me to give you a lengthy inspirational speech about how life is your oyster," said valedictorian Emily Senn.

"You don't need me to tell that to you, however, I would like to say that everyone here should be proud of themselves," she said.

Senn said that the groups like the drama department, the Flight choir and the robotics team all did great things throughout the last year.

"All of these accomplishments are no surprise to me," she said.

Duane Fish, first-year principal for the school, also mentioned the four Wesco athletic championships that the school achieved and the work of the marching band.

"Needless to say it's been an awesome year to be an Eagle and I'm one proud principal," he said.

Superintendent Chrys Sweeting talked about seeing the musical Suessical and enjoying many other students' works.

"I have eaten the excellent meals and desserts that our culinary students have prepared," she said.

"I'm impressed with your accomplishments, your dedication and your service to others," she added.

Now students will be going to new ventures and have been accepted to colleges in eight different states as well as in Canada and in Scotland.

In addition, they have received more than $100,000 in scholarships.

Valedictorian Katherine Marie Taylor asked that people remember that life is full of ups and downs.

She recalled her trials while taking her driving test.

"I proceeded to fail all three of the basic driving components," she said. "I went into the middle of the street as I tried to back up and I could not park on the hill."

She hopes people will remember their highs as their going through the lows of life.

"You can be on top of the world one day and you can trip while going up the stairs in front of the whole lunch the next day," she said.

Senn also wanted to express her appreciation to teachers and high school staff.

"I would like to thank everyone who has helped us get to this point: staff, faculty, coaches and counselors. You have been there to support and guide us through our adolescence," she said.

"When we didn't believe in ourselves, you did," she said.

Fish likewise wanted to recognize the students for their part in making a school community.

"This is by far the most humble, hardworking and kind group of students I've had the pleasure to serve," he said.

Two years ago Sweeting came to the district as it's new superintendent, and she said that the community is "truly a special place."

"It's a place where we come together as a school community and a broader community and educate, inspire and prepare students to pursue their dreams," she said.


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