NCOE band and choir director Ben Austin played the traditional annual piano processional as fifty seniors marched alphabetically across the Phelps Gymnasium floor to their respective seats.
Senior Allison Blair shared the opening prayer followed by the “Halls of Ivy,” a choral selection from the High School Choir. High school principal, Todd Haley introduced the five student speakers who were in the top 10% of their class. He commended the class of 2018 as a very generous class, willing to assist anyone in the community.
Jebediah Baumgart introduced his message, “Dear Seniors,” a letter to his fellow schoolmates comparing their futures to cars and racing, followed by David Bradley, delivering “Our Class.” Marianna Clore presented her thoughts in “About Your Big Dreams,” exhorting fellow classmates to let nothing stop them from pursuing their dreams. Caite Weiss spoke about “To the Future,” and Mattie Colbert shared thoughts about “Coming Soon: The NCOE Class of 2018.”
The High School Choir sang “Stand By You” and “Today My Life Begins,” accompanied by Mr. Austin.
Superintendent Matt Vollman and member of the Board of Education handed out the diplomas.
The Presentation of the Class of 2018 was conducted by Theadora Jenn’na Wurst, with the Closing prayer by Brianna Washburn and the Recessional by Ben Austin.