By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid High School’s Class of 2013 looked back and looked ahead during commencement exercises Thursday at D. Bruce Selby Stadium.
The 399 students completed Enid and state requirements for graduation, and boasted 34 valedictory commendations. Valedictorian Holly Anne Stuart, salutatorian Kimberly Savannah Carris and senior speaker Mariah Nicole Wagner spoke to the new graduates and their family and friends in attendance.
Carris remembered events of her high school career and told her classmates they must choose carefully as they grow to adulthood. Their high school careers were a journey that has reached its destination. She discussed the decisions many had to make, including dating, school work and other teenage events.
Wagner told her fellow students that their teachers, parents and classmates worked hard to help them reach graduation.
“We have been through a lot together, to become the people we are today,” Wagner said.
She said now is the time to appreciate the journey, and reminded her classmates of the senior motto, “There is no try.”
In her valedictory address, Stuart told her classmates they are graduating from Enid High School, which is “not any high school.”
She said Enid is a town that draws people in and becomes their home.
“There is no one else like us,” she said.
Stuart talked about the victims of Monday’s deadly tornado in Moore, saying the event and its aftermath showed a lot about Oklahoma. Oklahomans are strong and resilient, she said, and the tornado showed the nation people in Oklahoma will rise and move on. They will care for their own and others. She urged her classmates to maintain that Oklahoma spirit no matter where they go.
The evening was mixed with joy and sadness as Principal Jim Beierschmidt presented a diploma to the mother of a student who died during the second semester of the year. Cindy Deck accepted the diploma for her son, Chris, to a standing ovation.
People attending cheered and shouted to students during the processional, played by the Enid High School Band — many crossing their fingers hoping overcast skies and cool temperatures did not bring rain.
The diplomas were presented by Jenny Webster, Enid Board of Education president, and Principal Beierschmidt.
Molly Helm, school board vice president, spoke to the students near the conclusion of the evening, reminding them of a line from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” she said.
She urged the students to stop and look around.
SENIOR PICTURES souvenir yearbooks will be available next week at the Enid News & Eagle office. Books will be included in print subscribers' papers through delivery only. Extra copies at the office will be $5 for the full color publication featuring area seniors from 30 area schools.