NPHS Class of 2013 ready to begin next journey

Commencement exercises for the New Prague High School Class of 2013 will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, in the high school gymnasium. There are 265 members of this year’s graduating class.

This year’s class motto is “A journey begins not with the first step, but with the desire to go where you have never gone.”

Class members have chosen the white calla lily as the class flower. Class colors are turquoise and silver.

Members of the graduating class will enter the gym to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the New Prague High School Band. Once students have entered the gym, the band will play the National Anthem.

After welcoming remarks from high school principal Tom Doig, Nicole McQueen, a member of the senior class, will deliver an opening speech.

After McQueen’s opening, the New Prague High School choir, directed by Rita Sapp, will perform the class song, “Time of Your Life.”

Anna Solheid, a member of the Class of 2013, will then deliver her student address. The New Prague High School Band, directed by Brian Thorstad, will perform “And So it Goes.”

Assistant Principal Lonnie Seifert will recognize the 27 Highest Honor graduates, those students with a gradepoint average of 3.9 or higher. They are, in alphabetical order, Mikaela Algren, Danielle Barr, Karlee Blanchard, Elisha Breiner, Dylan Chlan, Michael Coldagelli, Korrin Dvorak, Alissa Hoffman, Anthony Kocina, Nicole McQueen, Kathryn Morris, Lucy Nickolay, Jaimie Niedermayer, Jessica Niedermayer, Molly O’Neill, Brandon Par, Shelby Schneider, Amanda Ann Schoenbauer, Jacqulyn Schoenecker, Sara Shenouda, Chelsea Silvers, Anna Solheid, Erin Wadekamper, Eric Warnemunde, Rena Weis, Rochelle Widmer and Jacob Wormer.

Shelby Schneider of the Class of 2013 will give the final student address.

The presentation of diplomas will follow. High school staff members Kevin Baer, Dara Bishop, Jane Dittberner and Dan Puls, have been chosen to present diplomas this year.

After receiving their diplomas, the students will leave the school gym to “Allemande from Courtly Airs and Dances.”

In addition to the 27 Highest Honor graduates, 42 others have been designated as High Honor graduates with a grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.9. They are Nadia Alsadi, Carl Anderson, Nina Bennett, Samantha Bisek, Hayley Breyer, Ruby Buro, Sarah Busch, Zachary Dietz, Anne Dittberner, Kelsey Fiedler, Jacob Guthridge, Stephanie Hanson, Taylor Heid, Rachel Henning, Rebecca Hinricher, Kayleigh Hong, Danny Huang, Meng Hum, Menghak Hum, Ramith Jayatilleka, Jennifer Johnson, Jason Kazlauskas, Joseph Kneip, Audrey Maday, Jill Malecha, Jaceevan Manthe, Andrew Maruska, Adrianne Medina, Emma Meyer, Jordan Nielsen, Ben Oldenburg, Rachel Powell, Lilly Rezac, Alexis Ruehling, Nicholas Scaramuzza, Nicholas Simon, Kayla Thielhorn, Nicole Susan Tupy, Heather Vikla, Eric Wagner, Thomas Widmer, Patrick Zeimet.