“You don’t have to be what society tells you to be…you are exactly who you need to be right now…” were just a few of the words shared by Grace Clark as she closed her address to the Marshfield High School Graduating class of 2022.
Saturday night, May 14, the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, MO was filled with students, teachers, parents, family, and friends as everyone packed in to watch the MHS senior class take their seats and perform the age old ritual of graduation.
209 wide-eyed, eager, blue robed students wearing blue graduation caps filled the seats ready to experience the biggest night of their lives. The evening opened with a student welcome from Natasha Engelking, followed by a welcome from Mr. Jeff Curley, High School Principal.
Just after Mr. Curley completed his welcome speech, Mr. Mike Henry, superintendent of Marshfield R-1 Schools addressed the audience offering advice to the graduating class, “…do not quit, do not give up, and do not change your standard for your circumstance…”
MHS Honors Choir band performed “Fly Away Home” by PINKZEBRA before seniors Grace Clark and Jacob Thornton addressed the class and then it was on to the part they were all waiting for: presentation of diplomas.
As each senior crossed the stage, hoots, hollars, and even a few air horns could be heard throughout the gym as parents and friends celebrated the flip of the tassel for their special senior. The MHS graduating class of 2022 received over 2.5 million dollars in scholarships, raised just shy of $31,000 dollars through Senior Class Projects, received multiple awards at local, regional, district, state and national level and are sending off four graduates to join the military. As their class motto states: today is indeed the tomorrow we dreamed about yesterday. The Mail staff wishes the best of luck to the graduates of the MHS class of 2022.
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