While the senior year of high school is a lot of lasts, graduation brings out some first, said Garrett Satterly, a Colman-Egan graduate who share memories of the class of 2019.
“Senior year is the last year we roam the hallways as students at Colman-Egan,” he said. “Today we wake up as students, but we go to sleep as graduates.”
Satterly was one of 17 students to earn a diploma Saturday at the school’s commencement. The new alumni have plans for further school and the military.
Honor students recognized included Madison Voelker with high honors and Riley Blissmer, Victoria Bryan, Satterly and Brooklyn Shafer with honors.
Teacher and coach Chad Williamson told the students that as a class of millennials, they will have the opportunity for great things, even though they come with a generational stigma of being late to work, if they show up at all.
“Prove them wrong. Be early; get your stuff done,” he said of their pursuit of their dreams. “It’s going to be hard. It’s never easy. I hate to tell you this but the easiest part of your life might be done.”
Along the way, he asked them to remember to use their life skills.
“Be a person that people will regret not getting to know better,” Williamson said. “Once you do get to know them, be a person they’re glad to get to know.
“You talk about your last 13 years and how fun that was,” he said. “If you play your cards right, the next 13 will be even better.”
Colman-Egan was the first high school in Moody County to graduate its seniors this spring. The Flandreau Indian School will honor 53 students at 10 a.m. today. The students represent the 42 tribes that attend the school and include seven students who are from Flandreau.
Flandreau High School will hand out diplomas to 31 students on Saturday. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the school gym.