High School graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event that caps a journey from childhood though early adulthood. During Saturday evening’s Big Walnut High School graduation ceremony, close to one-third of the graduating class completed their high school careers with academic honors.
The 238 graduating seniors of the Big Walnut High School Class of 2017 includes 41 Summa Cum Laude graduates with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher. There are another 20 Magna Cum Laude graduates and 24 Cum Laude graduates.
The Class of 2017 also contains 61 members of the Big Walnut High School Chapter of the National Honor Society, and 50 graduates earned Honors Diplomas.
The Class of 2017 color is Red and Black, the Class Flower is Apple Blossom, the Class Song is “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, and the Class Motto is: There Goes the 90s.
Jacqi Rader is President of the Big Walnut High School Class of 2017, Grant Wecker is Vice President, Serena Small is Secretary, and Madison Alshire serves as Treasurer.
Kaelynn Teeter and Nick Schulz were the ceremony’s two student speakers.
Schulz commended the Big Walnut community for investing is its youth.
“Big Walnut has provided us with the knowledge that we need to be successful in the world,” Schulz said. “It may not seem like is when you’re in the midst of it all, but even with the changing landscape of Sunbury, I the heart of it all it’s a fantastic community that has raised each and every one of us to be the individuals that we are.”
Schulz said his main message is that everyone needs to stop growing up.
“Refrain from becoming an average, over-stressed, too much on your plate, no time for happiness adult,” Schulz said. “In a world with hundreds of obligations, thinking about what you want can change your day.”
Teeter acknowledged the bonds that have been established while at Big Walnut High School.
“We’ve made it through some pretty rough times,” Teeter said. “The nice thing about Sunbury is that when you don’t know what you’re doing someone else does. The best thing about leaving is that we all know we’ll be back sooner or later.”
Teeter said that the day’s graduates entered the school district as clueless children, and leave it as clueless adults.
“No matter what, there will be challenges ahead that we will be forced to face,” Teeter added. “What I ask of everyone here is that you meet those challenges, and face them with clear eyes and full hearts.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.