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Hershey’s 100th graduationTell North Platte what you think
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Class President Thomas McNeil
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Valedictorian Erica Schufeldt. School board president Steve Koch is sitting behind.
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Graduates toss their caps in the air as balloons rain down.

When the 36 Hershey High 2017 seniors marched into the auditorium Saturday, they became the 100th graduating class to receive their diplomas from the school.

Senior Class President Thomas McNeil presented opening remarks, thanking teachers, administrators and parents for their guidance throughout the years. “And thanks for putting up with us,” he added.

Class Valedictorian Erica Schufeldt spoke about the friendships the class developed over the years.

“There are a lot of firsts to remember -- first game, first performance, first time to walk down the halls,” she said. “Now we are walking the halls for the last time.”

She said that although graduation ends one chapter of their lives, it also brings new things.

“It will be our first time on our own, so with all of our lasts, we must look forward to all of our new firsts,” she said.
Salutatorian William Stone said he hoped the first class 100 years ago would be proud of the 2017 graduates. “We would not have had all the success we enjoyed without all of your support,” he said.

Guidance Counselor Leona McConnell thanked the businesses, schools and organizations that provided scholarship opportunities.

“Out of 36 students, 30 have received money for school,” she said. “This class has received over $500,000 to further their education.”

She also recognized two graduates that will enter the military -- Brett Fischer is going into the U.S. Army and McNeil, the U.S. Navy.

Principal Jeff Steinbeck told the audience the class had completed all necessary courses to graduate and turned the microphone over to Davis, who brought each one forward to receive their diploma from school board member Steve Koch.

The class chose “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins as their class song and their motto was “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” by Theodor Suess Geisel.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/14/2017
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