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Class of 2010 looks to the future
May 27, 2010 Jerry Purvis    Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen

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The Gering class of 2010 celebrates by throwing their hats.

With the motto “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” the Gering Class of 2010 brought their high school years to a close.

“You are stepping out into the real world now, and it’s time to show everyone who you are and everything you have to offer,” said Emily O’Boyle, one of the class valedictorians during graduation ceremonies on Sunday. “You have your talents, flaws, quirks and accomplishments, because that’s what sets you apart.”
O’Boyle used the basic journalism questions of who, what, where, why and when as an outline for her fellow classmates to follow as they go forward into the future. “Five simple questions make up the moments of life every day, and these five questions will be the foundation for every person here.”

Valedictorians for the Class of 2010 were Emily O’Boyle, Molly Gowin and Riley Smith. The Salutatorian was Courtnie Romey. National Honor Society members were Molly Gowin, Elizabeth Moore, Emily O’Boyle, Patrick O’Boyle, Ashtyn Pehrson, Cortnie Romey, Shayla Schadwinkel, Tyler Simmons, Taylor Stephens, Riley Smith and Kendall Thompson.

Shaylah Schadwinkel reminded her fellow students they would be the ones who will decide where they will go. “Each one of us has our own unique destiny to fulfill,” she said. “Each one of us was put here for a reason, and with this class, anything is possible. Life beyond Gering High School will be the time when we put to test what we have actually learned.”

A total of $761,890 in scholarships was awarded to members of the Gering Class of 2010. A total of 132 seniors received their diplomas in ceremonies at Western Nebraska Community College.

Kendall Thompson was also a speaker at the ceremonies. She began with a quote from Winston Churchill: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

She emphasized that all the success of life doesn’t mean a thing without a positive attitude. “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us,” Thompson said. “Our attitude also affects others. Whether that’s good or bad is up to us, because attitude determines outcome.”

The Top Ten for the Class of 2010 were Molly Gowin, Emily O’Boyle, Riley Smith, Cortnie Romey, Tyler Simmons, Mariah Busch, Taylor Stephens, Elizabeth Moore, Patrick O’Boyle and Shaylah Schadwinkel.

As the graduated prepared to go forward into the next chapter of their lives, Shaylah Schadwinkel gave a reminder: “Never forget the memories that were made in high school, because these were the best years of our lives. Remember the best times that we all shared together and look forward to the memories and cherishing moments yet to come.”
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