AVON — Despite the gloomy and rainy atmosphere outside, it was all smiles inside the Avon High School gymnasium as the class of 2007 filed onto the floor for one last assembly.
Decorated in white and purple, 156 seniors received their diplomas and shook hands with board of education directors. The band, decked out in black and white tuxedos, used their show cellos with shiny brass tuning knobs for the processional.
Knowing his audience, Avon Principal Chad Coffman kept his introduction brief, but reminded graduates to always say thank you and remember that their mother is almost always right.
“It has been a pleasure having you as students,” Coffman said. “Set yourself apart from the crowd.”
The school’s salutatorian, Kimberly Tresko, decided to take the less-conventional approach with her speech, saying she couldn’t tell them anything they have not heard 100 times.
“I could stand here and give you advice, pretending I know more than you do,” Tresko told the crowd. “But every person here already knows how important this part of their lives was.”
Tresko will move on to The Ohio State University to study English. During her tenure as an Avon Eagle, she played volleyball and was a member of the National Honor Society and student council.
Senior Matt Koch was named as co-valedictorian and also will move on to Ohio State. Koch spent his time at Avon as a member of the drama club, student council and National Honor Society.
Valedictorian honors also were handed to Kirsten Miller-Jaster who will attend the University of Virginia, where she will study biomedical engineering. Miller-Jaster also was a member of the National Honor Society.
Like Tresko, Miller-Jaster kept her advice to students simple.
“It is not what kind of crayons your friends have,” Miller-Jaster said. “It’s whether they share them with you.”
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Avon grads enjoy a few laughs before lining up for their graduation ceremony on Sunday at the Avon High gym.