HENRIETTA TWP. — On Saturday afternoon, 155 Firelands High School seniors had their chance to shine for a final time in their high school careers, flooding the football field in their red and white robes for their graduation ceremony.
Friends and family members snapped pictures of the graduates from the stands while the school band performed the processional under the afternoon sun. “I have learned many valuable lessons,” salutatorian Lauren Ives said. “I look at the world in front of me and say, ‘Bring it on.’ ”
Megan Williams was valedictorian for the class of 2007 and is going on to Ashland University to study mathematics.
Principal Richard Reighley congratulated students who earned scholarships and awards, those recognized as students of the month and those who are moving into the armed forces.
“This class has a special place in my heart because we all started together,” Reighley said. “I’ve put on a little weight, and what’s left of my hair is grey, but we grew together.”
Lastly, Reighley thanked the parents in the bleachers, saying that their guidance and support made the students’ graduation possible.
Peggy Roblin, whose son, Brandon, graduated with honors, said seeing her son graduate feels like an accomplishment for her as well as for her son.
“He made it through, and I helped him along,” Roblin said.
Brandon will attend the University of Toledo.
Another graduating student, Brian Tellier, said he plans to attend Lorain County Community College before transferring to Kent State University to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
“It’s interesting because we’ve been through so much together,” Tellier said of his fellow graduates. “It’s going to be great to see where everybody goes from here.”
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Firelands class president Ross Krieg addresses the graduating class.