“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”. Maria Robinson’s words are the class motto for Niobrara County High School Class of 2017. May 21 was a day of celebration and excitement for the Niobrara County High School class and their families. Thirteen years of friendships, self-growth, and education all came to one final celebration as twenty-nine students took to the NCHS gym floor in recognition of their achievements as they accepted their signed diplomas and moved their tassel’s from one side of their cap to the next.
Of the twenty-nine students, nine belonged to the National Honor Society and five graduated with Honor Student status having obtained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of ninety-three percent or higher.
The ceremony opened with a speech by Class President James Blackburn followed by Becky Mendoza as this year’s Commencement Speaker. Dean Pischel was the 2017 tribute, accepting a heartfelt ‘Thank-You’ and gift from the class. The Class of 2017 Salutatorian was Connehr Polen and Valedictorian was Monte Wade, both having given speeches. NCHS Concert Choir—including some of the graduates—performed ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa. The class flower is Alstroemeria. Class colors are red and white.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”, as of three o’clock in the afternoon on the 21st, the Class of 2017 students were officially made NCHS Alumni. With roughly 4656 days having passed since they first walked into kindergarten, the Class of 2017 will begin the next chapters in their lives; congratulations on all your hard work and accomplishments!