By Dominic J Larsen, News Editor
Representing the 50th class of graduates at John F Kennedy High School, 525 seniors are set to graduate at a ceremony held at 3pm, June 12th in the Memorial Auditorium.
MSgt. Mundorff, the Master of Ceremonies will conduct the event beginning with the presentation of colors by Kennedy JROTC. The orchestra is scheduled to perform the National Anthem before multiple speakers make their way to the podium.
Several foreign language students will give speeches in their native tongue and two Kennedy seniors are set to speak. Cameron Lutz and Taylor Baines were chosen from a group of nine seniors who auditioned for the event’s speaking roles. Following senior speeches, Darrell Woo will speak on behalf of the school board and Superintendent Jose Banda will make his remarks. Completing the speeches, Kennedy’s beloved principal, David Van Natten will send off the graduating class with a heartfelt message.
Four awards will be presented at the event beginning with the Valedictorian and Salutatorian which are awarded to students based on their academic excellence. The Valedictorian will be Matthew Lin and Salutatorian will be Erinn Wong. (See some of Erinn’s thoughts about graduating on page 8 in The Clarion). The Outstanding Cougar will be awarded on the basis of a student’s character and heroic aspects. The final award is for Outstanding Athlete which will be awarded to student who has achieved outstanding athletic feats.
After the graduation ceremony, the newly freed young adults will be invited to join their classmates at Sober Grad Night. As it has been for many years, Grad Night will be hosted at Country Club Lanes. Graduates can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and activites that include bowling and laser tag.
The graduating class has had an amazing run at Kennedy High School. They have definitely left their mark on the campus.