Big Walnut Class of 2012 receives diplomas on Saturday
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Managing Editor
High School graduation is a once in a lifetime event that caps a journey from childhood though early adulthood. During Saturday’s Big Walnut High School graduation ceremony, district superintendent Steve Mazzi reminded the graduating seniors that they began that journey in 1999, when they were in Kindergarten.
“Their mothers and fathers remember that day, and wonder where has the time gone.” Mazzi said to a standing room only crowd at the high school stadium. “On those first days of school students were excited about riding the bus. Today, as upperclassman, riding a bus to school is like getting a root canal.”
Mazzi went on to speak of the different challenges students met as they traveled through the grade levels; adding that graduation is the result of meeting those challenges.
General Rosecrans Elementary School students prepared a list of Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Graduating Seniors, that Mazzi read in concluding his remarks.
• 10 — Wear clean underwear;
• 9 — Don’t forget to eat your vegetables;
• 8 — Brush your hair before you go to bed so it’s not so hard to brush in the morning;
• 7 — Make your bed and clean your room, at least clean enough so you can walk through it;
• 6 — Tie your shoes;
• 5 — Go outside;
• 4 — Clean the living room;
• 3 — Get off the Wii and Xbox;
• 2 — Have a good day and we hope you miss your parents;
And the Number One piece of advice that Rosecrans Elementary students had for 2012 Big Walnut High School graduates is: Get ready to start having a wife and other important stuff like food.
Big Walnut Board of Education Vice-president Allison Fagan, introduced by her son Nate, a member of the class, was the keynote speaker.
Fagan said that it’s often noted the graduation is not an ending but a beginning; but she said for many parents in the audience it was an ending of years of involvement with their children’s school life. Fagan encouraged those parents to remain involved with the school community as their children move on.
Fagan also said that as educators, family members and friends, those sitting in the audience watching the graduation ceremony were proud of the graduating seniors.
“You’ve learned about community spirit and Eagle pride, you’ve learned generosity, you’ve held each other, you’ve rallied behind each other,” Fagan said. “You’ve become members of a family through hugs, high-fives, text messages, and by letting someone know you care.”
Noting that the life ahead holds both promise and more challenges, Fagan wished the graduates joy in their journeys, and also that they suffer pain in just enough measure to know their strength.
“May you walk your path, through the light and the darkness, with hope and faith and grace,” Fagan added. “Congratulations to you all.”
The Big Walnut High School Class of 2012 Class President is Connor Jones, the Class Vice President is Connor Moran, the Class Secretary is Emily Asher and the Class Treasurer is Sean McVay.
The 2012 Class Colors are black and white, the Class Flower is Bells of Ireland, and the Class Song is Wavin’ Flag by K’naan
The Class of 2012 Motto is a Bill Keane quote:
Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
Big Walnut High School Alma Mater
Through the years of deep devotion
We will ever loyal be
Love and cherish all our memories
Of our high school days with thee.
And the portals we’ll remember
Friends who made our lives sublime.
So Big Walnut, Alma Mater,
Praises be forever thine.