POMEROY — “Life after high school is what you make of it” was the theme of messages conveyed by both Jennifer Robinson, valedictorian, and Olivia Cleek, salutatorian, when they addressed the 2012 Meigs High School graduating class at Friday night’s commencement.
Robinson talked about making the most of every day, of learning to deal with situations in a positive way, of making wise choices, of taking the high road and of giving up petty drama and moving on.
She challenged her classmates to follow the message in Eccleslastes 11 — “to live in the sunshine, to not take a single day for granted, to delight in each light-filled hour, to relish your youthful vigor and to follow the impulses of your heart.”
Salutatorian Cleek talked about the daily routine of life while in high schooland of the change in structure that comes with graduating.
“The foundation for the future has been laid and now it’s time to move on,” she said. “So whether going off to college, joining the military or starting a first job, make your decision and enjoy every minute of it.”
Friday night’s ceremony began with the procession of 105 graduating seniors in maroon and gold caps and gowns entering the well-filled auditorium to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the Meigs Marauder Band directed by Toney Dingess. Following the National Anthem, Christopher Morman led in the pledge of allegiance, Tyler Dunham gave the invocation, and Steven Mahr, senior class president, gave the welcome. Olivia Cleek made the introductions after which the band played “Yesterday’s Joy.”
Meigs Local Superintendent Rusty Bookman recognized the honor students, and following the addresses by Robinson and Cleek, Steven Ohlinger, Meigs High School principa,l presented the senior class to the Meigs Local Board of Education. President Ron Logan awarded the diplomas as Kassandra Mullins read the class roll.
To conclude the ceremony, the Meigs band played the Alma Mater, Rebecca Fortner gave the benediction, and the recessional began to “Fanfare on Recessional” by the band.
Members of the graduating class were Courtney Dayle Baker, Stephen Alexander Barcus, Charles Dwight IV, Cheyenne Dawn Beaver, James Daniel Belcher, Colten Shevez Bell, Alison Rose Brown, Bruno Anthony Casci, Trevor Waid Casto, Dustin Ray Clark, Olivia Anne Cleek, Larissa Suelynne Cox, Charles Richard Blakemore Crow, Danielle Taylor Cullums, Desirae Rachelle Cundiff, Robbie Glen Cundiff, Kimberly Lynn Curl, Michael Alan Davis, Wesley Skyler Davis, Latasha Dawn Diddle, Jonathan Scott Donahue, Tyler Austin Dunham, Chelsey Kathleen Eads, Adam Andrew Elliott, Shane Robert Engle, Codey Allan Fink, Shawn Clifford Fisher, Shelby Kaylynn Fitchpatrick, Rebecca Danielle Fortner, Taylor Eldon Gilkey, Emmalee Rebekah Glass, Darrell Keith Goff, Catherine Louise Grady, Sara-Taylor Brooke Graham, Starr Eve Russell-Green, Karl Robert Gueltig, Paige Nickole Gusler, Branden Scott Hankla, Cody Austin Hanning, Stephanie Rachelle Hoalcraft, and Marlee Jill Hoffman.
Cassidy Ann Hood, Nick Andrew Hudson, Christian Rollin Blair Hysell, William Cody Hysell, Melissa Renee Johnson, Taylor Alexander Jones, Jeffrey Todd Kimes, Amelia Marie King, Austin Tyler King, Danielle Nicole King, Samantha Jo King, Eric Monroe Large, Donna Olivia Larson, Dustyn Tyler Lee, Stephanie Nicole MeMaster, Steven Britton Mahr, Cody Christopher Mattox, Tanisha Diane McKinney, Lawrence William McQuaid V, Jordan Joy Meadows, Travis Lee Mitchell, Christopher Dean Morman, Justin Ray Morris, Misty Ann Morrison, Destiny Jo Mullen, Kassandra Denise Mullins, Justin Charles Myers, Jamie Lee Nitz, Justin Jo Nitz, Brady Austin Norville, Joelan Lee-James Nutter, Tomothy Harold Parsons, Carrie Elizabeth Pettit, Ben Wagner Reed, Jacob Brice Rickert, DiJaun Tramell Robinson, Jennifer Rae Robinson, Nathan Fred Rothgeb, Jeffrey Norman Roush, Michael Todd Satterfield, Michelle Dawn Satterfield.
Ashleigh Rashelle Sayre, Zachary Tyler Sayre, Russell Eugene Scarbury, Mackenzie Aaron Sellers, Zachary Todd Sheets, Keely Maye Shuler, Cayelynn Brianne Smith, Jesse James Smith, Elizabeth Sue Sprouse, Stephanie Michelle Stanley, Cassie Marie Stewart, Heather Lynn Stewart, Tiomothy Cole Stone, Autumn Layne Tackett, Travis Cole Tackett, Kendra Charisse Talbot, Cole Anthony Turner, Rasean Deville Anthony Whitt, James Tyler Will, Jesse David Wiseman, Victoria Morgan Wolfe, Ashley Renee Woodard, Colton Zackariah Wright, and Victoria Dawn Zeigler.