Weathering the celebration
The thunder in the fast-moving clouds made people look up at the sky and wonder if the raindrops were going to hold off long enough for South Tahoe High School (STHS) graduation ceremony to conclude Friday afternoon. They didn’t, but by the end, it didn’t seem to matter.
There was a certain sense of urgency when the first drops started to fall and there were still dozens of students waiting for their names to be called. There were students and staff hiding from the developing rainfall under umbrellas, their caps, pieces of paper and pretty much anything they could get their hands on.
But all that fear of falling water seemed to fade away when the graduating class was announced and students began to fling their caps up in the air. Quickly, groups of jumping and shouting students gathered. Friends and family members, disoriented, rushed the field looking for their loved ones as many students debated whether to enjoy the adrenaline of a rain-fueled culmination of their high school years with their friends or their families.
The ceremony had started on a sunny afternoon.
Principal Chad Houck and student speakers such as valedictorian Lauren Tang, Cara Filce, Christina Boyar and Maia Bickert spoke about the luck students had to attend STHS, as well as the potential they have moving forward. Boyar reminded the graduates of their struggle when she comically quoted hip-hop artist Drake, “we started from the bottom, now we’re here.”
Houck also reminded the graduates of many success stories that have come from past STHS graduates and expressed confidence in the future of the class of 2015.
What started with the introduction speech by class president Bryce Kortge, ended in the rush of excitement of the turning of the tassel led by Dalton Daggs and students’ roar to celebrate their accomplishment.
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