Moms, Dad & Grads: 2016 Hettinger Graduation

A milestone was passed for 19 young men and women of Hettinger. On Sunday, May 30, the high school graduated the class of 2016.

Paden McFarland enters the gym for graduation. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Paden McFarland enters the gym for graduation. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

A milestone was passed for 19 young men and women of Hettinger. On Sunday, May 30, the high school graduated the class of 2016.

The gym was filled with moms, dads, grads and supporters.

Opening up the ceremonies was Lizzy Thompson, who’s heartfelt speech touched on a variety of things from inside jokes to reflecting on the memories made in the time her class spent together.

Other speakers included Sam Kludt, who focused on the journey as a whole, and compared it to a road trip.

Michael Shirek finished the student speeches. Shirek highlighted memories made, and the opportunities his time in Hettinger afforded him, and noted to the crowd his affinity for the area and how much he will miss it.

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Guidance Counselor Darin Seamands took some time during the ceremony to read off all of the scholarships awarded throughout the senior class; 38 scholarships were given in total to 11 different students.

A touching moment came when the seniors approached friends and family with gifts. Tears and cheers were flowing as the students and families embraced.

After the names were read off, diplomas were awarded and the seniors had the privilege of moving their tassel to the other side of their mortar board, signifying their graduation.

Photos and well wishes were given outside following the ceremony.