Smiling for a bright future

Rush City graduate Arisa Vang celebrated with family following Sunday's graduation at Rush City High School. Fifty-three seniors received their diplomas on graduation Sunday, June 2 at Rush City High School. A packed gymnasium full of family and friends learned a little about the class of 2013 and the Rush City community through speeches, music, scholarship and awards recognitions and a special video presentation. Several graduates were recognized for academic, scholarship and community service achievements, as presented by high school counselor Heidi Larson. While RCHS students must complete 15 hours of community service during their senior year, 36 graduates received a citizenship pin and certificate for amassing 25 hours or more of volunteerism. The RCHS Concert Band, directed by Carvel Kuehn, performed a few numbers including the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” piece during the graduation ceremony. Faculty members 
offered their own 
applause to the 
graduates at the end 
of the ceremony. Graduates including 
salutatorian 
Mackenzie 
Sherrill stepped away from their seats to join the Concert Band for its performances.
The senior class shared some of its fondest memories over the years in a video presentation called “Senior Memories.” In her speech, 
class valedictorian 
Kayla Forcier 
thanked teachers for 
their support over the years, 
and she challenged classmates 
to set their goals high and strive 
for happiness in life. In his speech, Superintendent Vern Koepp said it was an honor to watch the graduates grow over the years. He also offered some advice. “Don’t forget to thank the people that got you here,” he said. “We rarely accomplish anything in life without the support of others.”
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Several graduates were recognized for academic, scholarship and community service achievements, as presented by high school counselor Heidi Larson. While RCHS students must complete 15 hours of community service during their senior year, 36 graduates received a citizenship pin and certificate for amassing 25 hours or more of volunteerism.

Fifty-three seniors received their diplomas on graduation Sunday, June 2 at Rush City High School. A packed gymnasium full of family and friends learned a little about the class of 2013 and the Rush City community through speeches, music, scholarship and awards recognitions and a special video presentation. Photos by Jon Tatting