BLHS hails Class of 2007
120 students collect diplomas at high school commencement
They did it.
Members of the Class of 2007 graduated Thursday evening from Basehor-Linwood High School and will be looking toward the next chapter in their lives.
Parents, siblings and friends of the 110 BLHS graduates and 10 Basehor-Linwood Virtual School graduates filled the bleachers in the BLHS large gymnasium and stood in the balcony for a better view.
"It's really bittersweet," senior class president Erin Fisher said about graduating. "It's just so nice there are so many people and it's all for us."
After the processional to "Pomp and Circumstance," performed by the orchestra, principal Steve Blankenship addressed the graduates and audience, and the top 10 percent of students were recognized.
Also recognized were the class' four valedictorians, Maggie Herbster, Thomas Moody, Joshua Ross and Elizabeth Theno.
In her speech, Herbster asked students how they have made their mark on the school and in their world.
"There have been marks that left scars," Herbster said, "marks that taught me a lesson, marks that changed my life. How have you been marked? How will you make your mark?"
In his speech, Moody encouraged graduates to better themselves and the world as a whole.
"When one of us is down, extend your hand and help them up," Moody said. "How we survive is what makes us who we are."
Theno thanked several important people in her life for her success in her speech.
"I think it's so important for us to remember we didn't get here on our own," she said.
After performances by the choir and orchestra, Emily McAfoos learned she received the $10,000 Faye Carney Gehl Scholarship.
Cheers and the sound of air horns erupted after the last graduate walked across the stage to receive a diploma. Graduates turned their tassels and tossed their mortarboards into the air as the class of 2007 was officially declared.