Graduation. It's a time to look forward, and also a time to reflect on all the people, places and events that have gotten us to this point. This year's ceremony was a mix of both optimism about the future and preserving those precious memories which made the time at North Tama so enjoyable for this year's graduates.
There were a total of 40 students graduating from North Tama High School this year, many of whom already had their minds made up on their plans following commencement. For others, it was a chance to share one final moment with their classmates before deciding what their next step would be.
This year's valedictorian was Kailey Kladivo, who edged out Erica Podhajsky by just a few thousandths of a point to earn the honor.
The Class of 2012 graduated from North Tama High School on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at a commencement ceremony in front of parents, faculty and well-wishers. At top, members of the class stand to be recognized after the diplomas were handed out, officially ending their time at North Tama. Top right, valedictorian Kailey Kladivo receives a congratulatory hug following the ceremony. Right, Emily Pargeon eagerly approaches the stage at the outset of the graduation ceremony. Left, Kayla Hora and Synthia Miner graciously pose for a quick shot for the Traer Star-Clipper after visiting with family and friends. Additional photos will be included in next week’s issue.
The ceremony began with a performance by the band, which included several seniors. The chorus also sang a selection of songs, including a seniors-only performance of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
This year, the student addresses were given by Nicole Dunkel-Jensen, Sydney Fehr and Stephanie Schroeder. Schroeder decided to party like it was 1987 and broke out into the old-school hip-hop dance the "cabbage patch" (whether she knew it or not) after receiving her diploma.
The North Tama High School Class of 2012 is full of top academic and athletic performers who are sure to leave their mark on a world which they've now been thrust into as high school graduates. Here's to hoping that the world is ready for all the wonderful things they have to offer.