WHS graduation: For Class of 2012, one last celebration
The Woodstock High School Class of 2012 gathered as one May 20, knowing it was the last time as a single unit.
“Today is an exciting day, because today is the first day of the rest of our lives,” said Kelly Berger, senior class president. “As we sit together in the Shipley Gym, we know that each is saying goodbye to something different.”
Berger told the class to appreciate the experiences at WHS but to continue looking forward in life.
“Remember that our life is a blank book just waiting for the pages to be filled,” she said. “It is up to each of us to decide how to fill those pages.”
Devon Ruhde gave the senior reflection speech, joking that the first few days at WHS were about survival.
“I think the freshman mob-mentality took over. We immediately sought comfort in our group of friends, hoping beyond all hope that our classes would be with them, so as not to appear vulnerable or out of place,” she said. “But that immediate urge to find our friends was not something we should have been worried about because we’re all here today, graduating as one class.”
The spirit and unity of the Class of 2012 helped propel the class to the top, Ruhde said.
“We celebrated any victory of our teams,” she said. “Getting caught up in the spirit of these events brought on such a natural high. I have no doubt that we will take our spirit with us to whatever our future brings.”
WHS Principal Corey Tafoya mentioned each graduate of the 218 graduates by name during his speech, noting a positive trait or attribute that makes each student unique.
“Because of you, Class of 2012, Woodstock High School has been changed for good,” he said, finishing with a Dr. Seuss quote, something that has become a regular part of his graduation speeches. “As Dr. Seuss once said, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’”
The ceremony included the “Star Spangled Banner,” which was sang by seniors Morgan Ammirati, Joshua Mc-Kenzie, Austin Silva and Lauren Watt. Ammirati and Watt also sang “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.”