One more group memory was created by the senior girls of the North Tama High School Class of 2010 when they gathered for the Senior Girls Reception hosted by the Traer United Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 12.
Traditionally held in the Traer Community for decades, the reception has been a celebration of each girl's accomplishments during her high school career and an opportunity to wish all of the soon-to-be graduates well as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Sharon Stoakes opened the program of music and reflection with a welcome and invocation. The young women, attired in formals and escorted by their mothers, were then introduced with a brief summary of their school activities and plans for the future.
Deborah and Amanda Arp opened the musical portion of the evening with the lovely duet "How You Live," a song filled with joy of the good things to be found in life.
The message shared by the evening's speaker, Nikki (Wagner) Hynek, was entitled "Life is Not a Hollywood Movie: Tips to Finding Success in Failure." Hynek, a graduate of North Tama Class of 1999 and now a successful professional makeup artist in films, television, and print, told the girls that she was certain that she had felt the same way they did as she sat in those same pews the night of her own Senior Girls Reception, but that life has a way of redistributing one's dream-world ideas into reality. With that reality, often comes failure and disappointment. She knows, because she encountered a number of failures before becoming successful in her profession. She said that the lesson she learned was that failure is good because it makes one grow and gain in wisdom and in faith. Such wisdom brings the realization that happiness is not a goal, but the by-product of learning to do something well. Focusing on her faith had helped her overcome difficult times, draw more positive conclusions from her experiences and propel her into new directions.
The music of the evening continued with the audience's enjoyment of Carri Holst's insightful solo "The Words I Would Say."
Another highlight of the evening was a most moving tribute detailing the complexities and love entwined in the extraordinary bond between mother and daughter provided by Morgan and Janice Halupnick.
Mackenzie Pearson concluded the evening's entertainment as she sang a song of probable times to come..."Don't Forget to Remember Me."
The program closed in prayer.
The guests moved to the church parlors for refreshments and fellowship.
During this time, Nikki Hynek treated those present to professional makeup tips as she performed a makeover on one of the evening's guests.