By Amanda Arp
Hosted at the Ripley United Church of Christ in Traer, the North Tama Senior Girl's Reception was held on May 6 to honor North Tama's female graduates. The girls arrived a little before seven with their escort and friends.
The graduating senior girls from left to right: Brooke Kahler, Mercedes Hamilton, Sidney Hulme, Catie Thompson, Sara Stoakes, Amanda Brooks, Brooke Johnson, Marah Jacobs, Sarah Schrier, Mckenzie Anderson, Lacie Brezina, and Megan Klunenberg.
Photo by Amanda Arp
The reception began at seven with an introduction by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Mrs. Patty Calderwood. She told the gathered audience that the reception was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the girls. She also mentioned how the arrival of this years spring resembles the new life the seniors will have once they graduate. It was an honor to be able to plan the event to congratulate the graduates and honor them. We wish them all luck as they head into the spring of their life, said Mrs. Calderwood.
The girls and their escorts were then introduced. The honored grads included, Mckenzie Anderson and escort Kathy Anderson, Lacie Brezina and escort Julianna Sloyer, Amanda Brooks and escorts Keegan Michael and Wendy Barnes, Mercedes Hamilton and escort Doris Hamilton, Sidney Hulme and escort Kelly Roy, Marah Jacobs and her escort Mrs. Jacobs, Brooke Johnson and escort Sherri Johnson, Brooke Kahler and escort Kathy Kahler, Meghan Klunenberg and escort Natalie Peterson, Sarah Schrier and escort Martha Schrier, Sara Stoakes and escort Sharon Stoakes, and Catie Thompson and escort Lisa Thompson. Sidney Hulme mentioned how it was really nice for the girls to be together and make another memory to add to all the great ones we already have. Marah Jacobs also said how it was a really good way to end the year with all the girls together for the last time.
Junior Carston Calderwood then serenaded the crowd with a beautiful piano solo of Unchained Melody.
During Calderwood's song, the girls had a chance to talk with one another. When asked what advice she would give to her classmates, Lacie Brezina said, Don't ever give up. There's always someone who cares about you and who won't let you fall on your face.
Calderwood's solo was followed a speech from honored guest Mrs. Marcia Sagendorph, a 1985 graduate of North Tama. As a professional writer, Mrs. Sagendorph spoke of how life is like a road, and having a plan (or GPS) helps you get to where you are going. When asked about her appearance, Mrs. Sagendorph replied, I was honored to be asked to speak at the reception. It's always great to be back in Traer and see old friends.
Mother and daughter Sharon and Sara Stoakes then read through Dr. Suess's All the Places You'll Go. The book was chosen because of its uplifting advice and because it is the origin of the senior class's motto, You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. Sara said that, It was great to be all together in one place as senior girls. Most of us have been together since kindergarten and to see us all together as seniors in an awesome sight. My classmates are awesome and I wish them the best.
The reception ended with a speech from Mrs. Sarah Foster and Mrs. Calderwood, giving the seniors advice and wishing them the best in their futures.