The 2019 Montrose Area graduating class dedicated themselves to helping others. At commencement exercises held Saturday, Principal Eric Powers said, “What impressed me the most is their service-oriented nature.”
Class President Riley Brown reflected on the groups’ accomplishments and offered up inspiration for the future with his “four simple steps.”
He told his fellow graduates to dream; research and develop a plan; think outside the box; and execute those plans. Brown advised, “You have dreams; be bold, execute them!”
“I will certainly be routing for you,” Brown said.
Salutatorian Lacey Sanguinito reviewed how the class started out together as seventh grade “newbies” through their last days of high school. “We have created memories here we will carry with us,” she said. “We’ve grown into ourselves,” she said, adding that it was now time to show the world “who we are.”
Valedictorian Katie Puterbaugh said the Class of 2019 started out together in seventh grade “determined to become the best class.”
“I think we accomplished our goal,” she said, noting the academic, athletic and artistic successes of her classmates. “We didn’t get where we are because we’re all Riley Browns or geniuses or natural athletes. We just worked hard and never gave up when things got difficult,” Puterbaugh said.
Under sunny skies, the ceremony was held in the high school stadium, with about 115 receiving diplomas presented by Superintendent Chris McComb, Assistance Principal Sean Castellani and members of the Board of Education.
The band, joined by its graduating members, played musical selections. Michayla Stahl opened the ceremony singing the National Anthem and Rachel Sorenson led the Montrose Alma Mater.