Local high schools graduate 230 students
The class of 2019 is graduated and off on new adventures after commencement ceremonies took place over the weekend.
Madras High School and Bridges High School graduated 182 students at their ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, where graduate Felicity Kostka performed a piano piece and the faculty speaker, Cameron Rosenfield, spoke about the different reactions students can have when faced with adversity.
Nate Tyler, the principal of Bridges High School, spoke as well, and 51 students of the district's graduates came out of the alternative program.
Last year, Madras graduated 187 students, between Bridges and MHS, and Culver graduated 41 students, for a total of 228 graduates between the two school districts. This year, the total graduates reached 230 from both districts, a record for the county.
In Culver, beginning at noon, the nine valedictorians walked one-by-one into the gym leading the rest of the class, which had 48 graduates, and walked out in pairs.
The Culver class heard from all nine valedictorians, as well as the salutatorian, during the ceremony.
There was no specific class speaker this year at the Culver graduation, but the principal, Brad Kudlac, spoke, addressing each student, by name and highlighting certain qualities that he felt described each student; including grit and class.
Culver's class motto for 2019 reads, "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
The MHS motto reads, "Together we have experienced life. Separately, we will pursue our dreams. Forever our memories will remain."
The Madras senior class also has specific colors, blue and white, as well as a class flower, a white rose boutonniere.