No cause for alarm, it’s just Whitewater graduation
Whitewater High School held graduation ceremonies June 13, 2010.
WHITEWATER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2010
Number of graduates: 155
Valedictorians: Emily Ganser and Sean McKenzie
Salutatorian: Taylor Schaub
Teacher address: Scott Phillips
Musical selection: “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar, “Star Wars Processional” by John Williams, “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, “Whenever You Remember” by Carrie Underwood and “American Hymn” by Michael Keller.
Last time graduation was interrupted: About 12 years ago, when there was a tornado warning and evacuation during commencement, teachers said.
WHITEWATER After Whitewater High School’s commencement ceremony Sunday, students were quick to admit they would never forget their graduation.
If not for the memories, perhaps due to a false fire alarm that blasted through the gymnasium’s speakers, interrupting the conferring of diplomas and sending friends, family members and graduates outside.
As if pouring rain wasn’t enough.
For graduate Quinn Masterson, it was nice to have a little break.
“It’s a goofy story that our class will always remember,” said Masterson, a senior class leader.
The graduate spent his entire K-12 education in Whitewater. Masterson choked up for a bit while addressing his classmates.
“When you achieve one dream, dream another and dream big,” he said, quoting former collegiate football player Rudy Ruettiger. “My fellow seniors: Dreaming is a lifetime occupation.”
The time for adventure and exploration is now, Masterson added.
“And hopefully, all of us will rise to the occasion and seize what we did to be here today,” the graduate said.
For valedictorian Emily Ganser, it seemed like it was just yesterday that the class of 2010 entered kindergarten, excited to begin school.
“Thirteen years later, we’re taller, smarter and more mature, but we’re still the same people,” she said.
While going through her first-grade writing book, Ganser noticed the day her class took a trip to zoo. It was May 28, 1998. Almost 12 years later, on May 26, Ganser and her friends took another trip to the zoo, this time as seniors.
It’s like going full circle, she said.
“We’ve gone from booger-picking, toothless, crazy kids to college-picking, clueless, crazy young adults,” she added. “We must have done something right.”
This full circle ended with graduation, the day that represents the culmination of the last four years at Whitewater High School, said Sydney Kampschorer, a senior class leader.
“Soon, there will be parties and celebrations, goodbyes and new hellos,” Kampschorer said. “But for today, let’s relax and enjoy the present. Before we go our own ways and continue to grow, let’s take today to celebrate who we are and how far we’ve come.”