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Santa Fe Trail High School graduates get silly following their commencement Sunday afternoon. The school graduated 80 seniors in the county’s first graduation this year. See story on Page 7A.

Jeremy Gaston
| Editor

Members of Santa Fe Trail High School Class of 2011 entered the gymnasium Sunday to the familiar tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and walked out as graduates.

Graduating seniors, SFT school board members, and a packed house of attendees were welcomed by senior student council co-president Jacqueline Woodruff. The SFT Choraliers followed with a performance of “For Good.”

Student Council Co-President Anna Schmidt then introduced Salutatorian Faith Crook.

Crook spoke on goals and accomplishments at Santa Fe Trail schools.

“Use everything you’ve learned here and the qualities you’ve found in yourself and do something with them,” Crook said. “Don’t let the last 13 years go to waste.”

She ended her message with a quote from author Max Lucado, “Live your life in such a way that the world will be glad you did.”

Crook then introduced Valedictorian Zack Brady, whom she described as being one step ahead of her since his arrival at SFT.

“Congratulations senior class,” Brady addressed, “we did it.”

Brady thanked those who helped push the class along the way – families and relatives, teachers and faculty – and made sure to include those who shared the honor of the day.

“Let’s thank our mothers, who have put up with us and loved us, on this most special of Mother’s Days,” Brady said.

The speeches were followed with presentation of the Overbrook Rotary Club Outstanding Boy and Girl. Gerry Coffman bestowed the awards to Zachary Brady and Faith Crook, each returning to the stage to accept them.

USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman recognized the class, as presented by SFTHS Assistant Principal Patrick Graham. SFTHS Principal David Swaim announced each of the graduates as they took the stage to receive their diplomas from current and past board of education members.

Swaim then announced his acceptance of the class, as they recessed to the “Raiders March” from Indiana Jones, played by the high school band.

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