Middle Park class of 2015 moves on
The auditorium at Middle Park High School was tightly packed on Saturday morning, May 30.
As the class of 2015 filed through the parted sea of chairs covering the basketball court, cheers and whistles erupted from the crowd.
Eighty-three MPHS Panthers crossed the stage to become alumni.
“There’s a good reason why they call graduation ceremonies commencement exercises,” said valedictorian Olivia Butrymovich during the valedictory address. “Graduation is not the end. It is only the beginning. Life is full of beginnings and we must greet each one with open hearts and open minds.”
Butrymovich was one of eight valedictorians. Each was recognized for having a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.
A total of 22 students graduated with honors. Eighteen students were scholarship recipients
Zach Boor, an MPHS biology teacher and the 2015 commencement speaker, told students to “minimize your regrets and maximize your experiences.
“Do things outside your comfort zone,” he said.
Boor also encouraged students to take control of their destinies.
“Only you know what you can do,” Boor said. “Choose something that makes you happy and don’t be afraid to fail.”
Boor also appealed to students to truly care about their impending careers, friends and families.
Recounting how he watched the graduating class mature from neophytes to graduating seniors, Boor drew parallels to his own experience as a new teacher, adding that his interactions with the class of 2015 “changed my life for the better.”
Boor started teaching at MPHS four years ago.
“I’m happy, excited, proud and relieved that you all made it to this point,” Boor said. “But I’m also sad to have to say goodbye to the group of you that guided me as a person and as a teacher. So to you all I wish good luck, and congratulations.”
Boor’s speech was followed by a musical performance by the school choir and the senior video.
Families and students cheered during a portion of the video that paid homage to MPHS student P.J. Strauss who died this year.
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