GOOSE LAKE — For 81 Northeast High School students, Sunday was the end of some things and the beginning of others.
Family and friends packed the high school gym Sunday afternoon – many balancing a program in one hand and a camera in the other – as they waited for the graduation of the Class of 2014.
Family and friends listened to several speakers, including district staff and three student speakers, Madeline Schumacher, Bamika Ross and Kylee Shoemaker. While Superintendent Jim Cox and Principal Alicia Christiansen honored the graduates and wished them well, the student speakers took the time to share memories of their time at the school and offer some advice to their fellow graduates.
“We never thought this day would come. We prayed for its quick delivery; crossed days off our calendars, counted hours, minutes and seconds and now that it’s here, I’m sorry it is,” said Schumacher, reminiscing about her 13 years in the school district. She later added, “It makes me a little bit sad that we have to leave these halls that we’ve been at for 13 years.”
While Ross did not spend her entire school career at Northeast, she said she was instantly welcomed when she joined in middle school and knows she could not have asked for a better group of people to attend high school with. Spectators laughed as she shared some of her previous dreams before deciding she wanted to be a teacher and guidance counselor.
“Northeast has taught me that it’s OK to change your mind over and over, to follow your dreams and what will truly make you happy,” Ross said. “Whether you have to change your mind a million times, do what makes you happy.”
She encouraged her classmates to take risks after they leave high school, telling them it will be well worth it.