Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seniors unite for day of celebration

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/19/2014

WELLSVILLE — If Chase Bouse had to sum up his high school career in one word, in would be “unity.”

The Wellsville High School senior was one of three graduates chosen to give commencement addresses on a windy Sunday afternoon at the football stadium in Wellsville.

WELLSVILLE — If Chase Bouse had to sum up his high school career in one word, in would be “unity.”

The Wellsville High School senior was one of three graduates chosen to give commencement addresses on a windy Sunday afternoon at the football stadium in Wellsville.

The unity of the class and community became evident during the boys basketball substate championship game won by the Eagles, Bouse said.

“Every person in town was packed into that gym,” he said.

Bouse described the 42 members of the class as a family.

“This may be the last time I see some of you,” Bouse said to his classmates. “But all of you will forever be in my heart.”

Ashley Reynolds continued the family theme in her commencement speech.

“We might not have been the smartest or the coolest class, but we were the closest,” she said. “Many underclassmen commented on the closeness of this class.”

The friendships classmates have made will be enduring, she predicted.

“Through triumphs or failures, we were each other’s support group,” Reynolds said.

In her commencement address, Ashley Ebeck described some of the fun times the class has experienced the past 13 years — including one boy swapping a girlfriend for a smelly pencil — and the closeness of the class.

“This class is like a second family,” she said.

Ebeck told the large audience that filled the stadium about her father and grandfather being Wellsville High School alumni. Even though Ebeck lived in Miami County, she was glad her family made the decision to send her to Wellsville to school, she said.

“I will always be eternally grateful for that decision,” she said.

Ebeck thanked administrators and teachers for the education she and her classmates received at WHS.

“You prepared us for the world outside these red bricks,” Ebeck said. “We will make you proud.”

In quoting Walt Disney, Reynolds summed up for the three speakers the importance of the memories the Class of 2014 shared: “It’s not the days we remember, but the moments.”

Three students were named class valedictorians: Luke Meyer, Hunter Thuro and Ebeck. All three seniors graduated with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Class members who had been inducted into the National Honor Society were Shelton Breithaupt, Morgan Dees, Ebeck, Mariah Kayhill, Shamus Kearney, Meyer, Ethan Mosher, Reynolds, Kayla St. Denis, Christina Swafford, Nicholas Thomasson, Thuro and Landon Wilhite.

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