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May 11, 2012

Chisholm graduates 53 seniors

ENID — The overhead scoreboard at Outhier Fieldhouse read “Class of 20:12” as the 53 Longhorns graduating from Chisholm High School Friday night entered onto the floor below.

Principal Jaymie Morley welcomed parents, family and friends of the graduating class of 2012 to this year’s ceremony.

“These students have grown into amazing adults and we have you thank for that,” she told the packed standing-room-only fieldhouse. She then turned to the seniors before her and said, “I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.”

Kaila Pickens was the first of seven valedictorians to address the audience and her class.

“I’m thankful for the 31 teachers,” she said. “I can’t fathom how the past 13 years would have been without them.”

Pickens thanked her friends and family for their support throughout the years, especially thanking her father and stepmother.

“It’s been a blessing to graduate from such a great school.”

Ashlyn Carroll said each graduate before her was worthy of praise.

“We mustn’t forget where it all started,” she said. “At Chisholm we are a family.

“I believe all of us will go on to great things.”

Somi Lee said she was proud and honored to be addressing her classmates for the last time.

She encouraged her classmates to look at each of the faces that came to see them walk across the stage and told them not forget all who made their graduation possible.

“We now stand on the brink of reality,” she said. “Think of this moment, of this time, as a graduation to our future.”

Scott Snodgrass thanked the teachers of the Chisholm and addressed them first.

“I know at times we didn’t show our appreciation but we do appreciate you,” he said. “ Turning to his classmates, he said, “I love you guys. I wish you all much success and happiness in your lives.”

Tyler Zander said every part of the school’s campus had memories for him.

Zander, who was severely injured last August in a grain elevator accident in Kremlin, thanked his doctors, nurses and rescuers along with his classmates and teachers for getting him onto stage Friday night.

Zander, who lost a leg in the accident, said as his medical helicopter was taking off he asked the paramedic how his leg was.

“He told me, ‘I’m not gonna lie to you, its bad.’ I said, ‘Tell my family I love them.’”

Zander thanked his family for all of their support during his recovery and received a standing ovation from the audience and his classmates.

Justin Tom said he thought his class would be among those to impact the world the most.

He said he and his classmates have learned many things together, especially how come together in times of adversity.

“Our character can be seen in all of our graduating class,” he said. “As proud Longhorns I firmly believe we can change the world.”

The final valedictorian to speak Friday, Brian Worthen, said his time at Chisholm had been “memorable and fulfilling.”

“I’ve always believed the people I’ve shared memories with are equally as important at those memories.”

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