The 143rd class of Centerville High School left Lakeview Gymnasium Sunday with diplomas in hand. A reported 87 members of the class received diplomas during the ceremony.
"Dedication to earning your high school diploma will serve as a catalyst into your future, and I'm confident that you will represent the community and the Centerville school system in a manner we can all be proud of," Superintendent Tom Rubel said during the ceremony.
The path to a diploma was not easy for all, including one of the senior speakers Shelby Vanderheyden.
"I want to give everybody a big congratulations to everyone, including myself, for being here today," she said. "This is probably the first school thing I haven't skipped."
Vanderheyden's class is plagued with many dangers of the world, she said, listing off Ebola and facial acne among them.
The class of 2019 defied odds to graduate, she said.
"Now, we are through the stressful phases of taking the ACTs and the crazy hard classes we never thought we would pass," Vanderheyden said. "The most important thing I learned in high school is that we are by-far the most attractive class ever. And I would like to quote one of my friends: 'Dang, we aged well.'"
Adelyn Dorman, Clay Garretson and Emily Lewis shared high school memories.
"Do not dwell on high school," Dorman said. "But instead, look at the door in front of you and focus on your dreams, your goals and your ambitions for the future ahead of you. To the CHS class of 2019, stay true to yourself. But at the same time, focus on what's best for you."
Of the 87 listed as graduates, 19 graduated with honors another 20 graduated with distinction.
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