By Mary Granath Posted June 2, 2010
As graduation draws nearer, this year’s seniors reflect back on their high school career and look to the future to see where their path will lead. It has been a long journey leading up to this point, a journey that has been filled with joyous triumphs and utter defeats. Nevertheless, Lowry’s seniors have reached their graduation day and that is something to be proud of.
However, the students have not reached this point by themselves. The senior class advisors, Mrs. Lisa Scott and Mrs. Kristin Flanders have been working tirelessly with the seniors throughout the year and at graduation practice.
“Mrs. Flanders and I have worked really hard and it will all be behind the scenes stuff but we figure if we’re organized then when it comes down to the final hour it will all go off without a hitch,” stated Scott, “we just want to make sure that seniors are all covered and taken care of and everything’s planned… if it’s all organized then hopefully all of us will be a lot less stressed.”
“It’s a little stressful it’s scary we’re trying to get it all together and make it perfect,” said Flanders.
These two women have been a guiding light for the seniors throughout the year and did their best to ensure that each and every senior was able to graduate.
“If I know that a senior was struggling I definitely have a one-on-one talk with them…we’ve tried to pull in kids who are struggling maybe towards the end maybe give them a little more encouragement,” said Scott.
“This year I think it’s been particularly difficult. We’ve had a couple of issues where some kids were a little scared and we were a little nervous that they weren’t going to get the credits that they needed. So we really have been promoting checking transcripts…So that’s what we were kind of trying to do this year was just make everyone a little more aware of their situation,” said Flanders.
Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Winnemucca Fairgrounds. There are 191 students in this year’s graduating class, four of whom will be giving speeches at the ceremony: Mary Granath, Skylar Estes, Andrew Soderstrom, and Shaylyn Sample.
“I’m really excited to share my ideas about graduation, hopefully, everyone else will enjoy it,” said Soderstrom, “it’s about what you’re going to do in the future…to hold on to your dreams…everyone says that but truthfully no one means it…it sounds really cliché but the speech says it in a different manner.”
This year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian are Giovan Cholico and Courtney Hammond respectively.
“It’s an honor, I’ve worked really hard my entire high school career and it feels great to be recognized for that,” said Hammond.
“I’m happy. It was a lot of work to get to this point and it just feels really good,” stated Cholico.
Each of the 191 students in the class of 2010 has its own aspirations and unique gifts to use in order to make a difference.
“Reach your potential,” stated Flanders as her parting words to seniors, “don’t let somebody tell you, ‘you can’t do it’… it’s your dream go for it.”
This senior class will be greatly missed, “It’s a great group of kids and it makes me sad to see them go,” said Scott.
However, the Class of 2010 will live on in the legacy of Albert M. Lowry High School.