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May 20, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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The 130 graduates of Gering’s Class of 2016 celebrate at their commencement ceremony held at Western Nebraska Community College on May 15.

With a class motto of “What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning,” Gering High School handed diplomas to 130 graduates at its 126th commencement on May 15 at Western Nebraska Community College.

Gering honored the group of top-10 performers which included McKenna Copsey, Megan Copsey, Hadley Kirk, Jerilyn Laws, Collin Potts, Jason Doll, Kira Wysocki, Jonathon Hastings, Marquis Maley and Mitchell Martin.

McKenna Copsey, Megan Copsey, Hadley Kirk, Jerilyn Laws and Collin Potts were recognized as the 2016 valedictorians, while Jason Doll and Kira Wysocki were congratulated as salutatorians.

Gering High School Guidance Counselor Sharyl Hamer said $2,129,472 in scholarships were awarded to 65 students to further their education. “The entire ceremony went well,” Hamer said. “We had four speakers who all did wonderful jobs. We had several national merit finalists in the class and one who had a perfect ACT score. I think this is a group that will go on to do great things.”

Principal Eldon Hubbard said it was great weekend. “The kids took it very seriously and just did a wonderful job. The speakers were outstanding and we love our tradition of a dignified ceremony for graduation.”

Hubbard said the Class of 2016 had some outstanding achievers who scored 25 and above in ACT.

School Board President Brian Copsey was there to see his two youngest daughters, twins McKenna and Megan, both graduate as valedictorians. After Monday night’s board meeting, he agreed with his fellow members this class was one of the smaller ones in recent history, but had a significant number of high achievers.

“It was exciting to present diplomas to both of them and see them get the valedictorian award,” Copsey said. “Principal Hubbard told me he had done some research and this is the first time that siblings had graduated the same year as valedictorians.”

He also complimented the behind-the-scenes work by the staff for the ceremony, as well as a week of activities leading up to it. Copsey said, “It was nice to recognize the seniors for all the work they put into their academics, their sports and other activities.”
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