Graduates say goodbye
"What will you choose? What will you become?" Basehor-Linwood High School principal Sherry Reeves asked the graduating class of 2008 Thursday night during commencement.
The 146 BLHS and Basehor-Linwood Virtual School graduates answered Reeves through a survey that revealed 80 percent would go on to college, 10 percent to a technical school, 4 percent to the military and 5 percent straight into the workforce. They will become doctors, engineers and business professionals, but Reeves reminded them that they would become so much more. She commended them on their leadership, maturity, respect and strong character.
"Your careers will change," she said. "What you do will change, but who you are will not change. It's not what you do, but how you do it."
The class boasted 16 top 10 percent students, 16 Kansas State Scholars, two Commended National Merit Scholars, seven Valedictorians - Charissa Beeves, Kristen Beeves, Caren Chellgren, Shanna Couch, Natalie Freeman, Ashley Jeannin and Alexander Ziegler - and one Salutatorian - Austin Hunter.
Each Valedictorian delivered his or her own unique speech to the class of 2008, but the message of the class' top students was the same - remember those who guided you to achievement, make a difference, always strive and welcome the future.
"Yes, we are four years wiser, but nonetheless, our futures are just sitting right in front of us," Jeannin said.
"Class of 2008, this is our time," Couch said. "It's our time to share, it's our time to shine."
After the BLHS choir and band performed for the large crowd, Hunter was surprised with the honor of the $10,000 Faye Carney Gehl Scholarship for his personal attitude and peer elected honors.
Diplomas were then presented to the class of 2008 and they celebrated by turning their tassels and tossing their mortarboards into the air.