MANSON - Whether it's the time Elizabeth Castle left a goldfish in her locker or how Michael Lewis ran into a tree, Manson Northwest Webster High School's class of 2010 has plenty of memories, both proud and embarrassing, to look back on.
The class's commencement ceremony Sunday offered the 57 graduates not only a diploma, but a final chance to reminisce on those memories before they took the first step of the rest of their lives.
"The past four years have been anything but predictable, so who knows what crazy things will come next," said class speaker Allie Seavert.
Seavert shared many of her class's memories, not just the embarrassing ones, but of the class's achievements such as making it to state football, basketball and track.
"Each event offered us endless opportunities and memories," said Seavert.
It's those memories in part that have brought the students together in such a close relationship.
"We're way closer (than other classes)," said graduate Nicole Haines. "We don't have the normal cliques, we all really hang out together."
It's also the class's heavy participation in high school activities that have contributed to such a strong bond, according to high school principal Shawn Holloway.
"Just the amount of activities they've participated in really sets them apart from other classes," said Holloway. That list includes band, vocal, football, a state mock trial and many more, he said.
"We had a great group of kids that did things right and we really kept our focus," said graduate Kyle Twait. "I'm really going to miss everybody."
While Seavert talked about what the class has done, speaker Daniel Sutter spoke about where the class is going.
Whether their coming goals are of high-paying jobs, big homes or expensive cars, "more often these goals leave something to be desired," said Sutter.
Sutter offered a few words of wisdom from Mother Teresa.
"True happiness comes only when we give ourselves away," said Sutter.
However despite where they go or what they do, the class will always have a strong bond through their school, said Seavert.
"Some of us are going away. Some of us are staying around for a while. Whatever we do, we will keep adding to our collection of memories," she said.
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