Saints celebrate at 99th annual commencement ceremony

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

So goes the motto for the St. Francis High School Class of 2013.

The evening of May 31 the class graduated, appreciating the view from the mountaintop and eagerly anticipating the adventure that lies ahead.

“Today is the first day we get to taste the freedom,” Faith Mauriala said to her fellow graduates as she delivered one of two honor addresses drawn from the class motto. “The sweet, pure freedom we have all desired is ours, but we must not take it lightly. Our freedom is our opportunity.”

Samantha Smith delivered the evening’s first honor address, telling fellow graduates, “The mountain that once was intimidating and frightening leads us to new opportunities, achievements and success. This chapter is closing but we are not unprepared. I look out and say, ‘Congratulations’ because this is no small feat.”

Sabrina Fluegel, accompanied by Evan Molin on guitar, performed a song by Miley Cyrus, and one by one, her classmates stood and sang along with her, “I always knew this day would come, we’d be standing one by one with our future in our hands. So many dreams, so many plans … You’re in my heart forever. I’ll always remember you.”

Citizenship awards were presented to graduates Laura Vogel and Cayman Salitros.

Ann Hunt was awarded the All-Around Student Award.

Before the awarding of diplomas to the St. Francis High School Class of 2013, ISD 15 School Board Chairwoman Amy Kelly encouraged graduates to “discover your passion and find your gift … surround yourself with people who support your dreams … work hard, trust, and give back to the community.”

And then, one by one, graduating seniors walked on stage and accepted their hard-earned high school diplomas.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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