Bidding farewell in new facility

WEBSTER?CITY – The first commencement held in the new Webster City High School competition gym was bittersweet for many in the graduating class of 2013.

While senior class president Brenna Paukert said this ceremony was the next step in the lives of the young people graduating, another student speaker, Emily Elm, fought off tears that were shed for the fond memories of classmates that she may not see again for many years.

The class motto, a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, reads, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”?

Principal John Elkin began the ceremony by welcoming the attendees to the packed competition gym. After Paukert’s welcome speech, the school’s Purple and Gold Singers sang “Requiem,”?directed by Andrew Wotherspoon. The senior singers also sang “Time of Our Lives,”?and the concert band played “Aventura,”?in addition to an opening and closing songs.

Associate principal Troy Smock also gave special recognition to 20 students who graduated as Cessna Scholars with a grade point average of 3.75 or above.

Diplomas were presented to students by superintendent Mike Sherwood, WC school board president Pam Hayes and WC school board vice president Dan Ryherd.

Sherwood also announced the newest inductee into the Webster City School Hall of Fame. Alan Larson, who served as Foreign Services Officer for 32 years and was a 1967 graduate of WCHS.

The Hall of Fame was established during the 2000 to 2001 school year, according to Sherwood, and recognizes outstanding accomplishments and service from Webster City graduates. Sherwood said that members of the class of 2013 could, one day, be inducted into the Hall of Fame.