Crawford eagles leave the nest
By Matt Echelberry
Inquirer Reporter“High School life is swiftly passing, Soon its sands are run; But while we live, we’ll ever cherish, Friendships here begun.” So goes the final verse of Colonel Crawford’s alma mater, which was sung during Colonel Crawford High School’s graduation commencement on June 3.
The ceremony was held in the school’s packed gymnasium that afternoon. Class valedictorian Jordan Shell said that he could not have asked for a better class to graduate with when he offered his speech. “Continue to work hard and stay true to your word,” he advised before quoting Dr. Seuss: “Because ‘those who mind don’t matter, and those who don’t mind matter most.’” Shell was later awarded the Marion E. Althouse Scholarship for being the top academic senior.
The salutatorian, Kassidy Katona, spoke about the importance of teachers as coaches, advisors and mentors and thanked them for being “the backbone of the school.” She additionally commented that the class of 2012 could not have gotten to graduation without the help of family. Katona also earned an Althouse Scholarship as the second top academic senior.
Class President Kaylee Russell then shared some of her favorite memories during her time at Colonel Crawford. In lieu of a keynote speaker, a picture slideshow was presented. Made by Ahlissa Eichhorn and Krista Horning, it featured pictures of the graduates throughout various stages of their lives, from childhood into the high school years, while music played in the background.
Afterward the senior choir performed “Thank You” as well as the alma mater.
Several awards were presented as well, beginning with “employee of the year.” Elementary teacher Robin Bruner was announced as the winner and the audience gave her a standing ovation as she approached the stage to accept the enormous eagle trophy. This was Bruner’s final year of teaching, and her husband, Superintendent Ted Bruner, retired too.
The award for “citizen of the year” was presented to Crawford alumnus John Reynolds for the time and assistance he has provided to the school over the years. “[My wife and I] graduated here in 1983 but we never left,” he said. Other special awards included the Nathan Krahling Science Award, which went to Jordan Crase; and the Henry Huber Family Scholarship, but two awards were given as a result of a tie. Tori Schimpf and Anne Wittibschlager were the recipients.
After diplomas were given, Kyle McClain gave the benediction and high school principal Todd Martin presented the class. Graduates sealed the event with the traditional toss of their black and gold caps.