Onto the next stage

(slideshow and video)

By Derrick Knutson

Chantelle Lewandowski smiling at family members before heading across the stage. Photos by Derrick Knutson

The North Branch Area High School class of 2012 is on its way into what the rest of us like to refer to as “the real world.”

Students walked across a stage in the high school gym June 5 and received their diplomas.

There were hugs before the ceremony, hoots and hollers during and even a few tears shed afterward.

Principal Coleman McDonough applauded the class for making it to the pinnacle of secondary education.

Senior speaker Megan Zimmerman.

Senior Speaker Megan Zimmerman also lauded the class for its achievements, and borrowed some wise words from Robert Fulghum, who wrote “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”

“Much of what we need to know, we learned in kindergarten – we learned to respect others, to work hard and to be honorable and responsible,” Zimmerman quoted.

She reminded her classmates to keep that advice at-hand as they move into the next stages of their lives.

Jenna Johnson gives a thumbs-up to graduation.

The second senior speaker, Brianna Conroy, also had some words of guidance for the graduating class. She noted every one of her classmates would experience failure and hardship in the years to come, but learning from those tough times can only make a person stronger.

Senior speaker Brianna Conroy.

“In order to succeed, you must first fail,” she said. “At one point in life, we’ll all have a poor test score, a bad day, a stressful week, a rough breakup and that awkward moment. But in the end, we know it will all be OK. Everything happens for a reason, and finding that reason means everything.”

Check out the June 13 edition of the Post Review for a photo layout of the graduation ceremony.

To buy photos taken at the graduation, click on the “North Branch Area High School Graduation 2012” link under the “purchase photos” tab to the right.

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