BEATRICE – Setting a record with eleven co-valedictorians, the Beatrice Senior High School Class of 2018 received their diplomas on Sunday. Commencement was held at a packed O-Zone, with overflow seating in the Hevelone Center.
Principal Jason Sutter said almost 60% of the graduating class received scholarship awards, which totaled almost $2.5 million. Eighty five students earned college credit during their high school career and about 67% of the class was involved in at least one sport, club or other activity.
Sutter urged the graduates not to rush the future, saying the process of going through life prepares you to be successful.
:15 “get into your head”
Senior Class Secretary Danni Harder said the graduates have worked hard and have a lot of people to thank for helping them along the way.
:13 “achieve this moment”
Seniors Allison Snurr and Jace Berry also spoke at commencement to their classmates, family members and guests.
The co-valedictorians who finished high school with four-point-oh grade point averages are Dillon Damme, Colton Gronewald, Tessa Hoffman, Jenna Junker, Whitley Kleveland, Nathan Lancaster, Graham Southwick, Samuel Streeter, Evan Sueper, Jamison Theye and Joseph Wright.
Diplomas were presented by Beatrice School Board President Jon Zimmerman and Superintendent Pat Nauroth, who is retiring from the district this summer.