BEATRICE – Some 140 seniors have completed their journey through Beatrice Public Schools, graduating during commencement on Sunday, at Beatrice High School.
Senior Noah Snurr says the graduating class had a lot of people backing them, along the way.
:24 “have to us”
Seniors Krystina Billesbach and Harley Ray also spoke before the senior class, which includes 38 honor graduates who have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point-average throughout high school. There were 22 students recognized as Presidents’ education award recipients. Those students carried a 3.5 GPA and were in the 85th percent or higher in math and reading, on college entrance exams.
Co-Valedictorians, those students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout high school, are Katie Steffen, Madison Pieper, Nathan Spilker and Jocelyn Zimmerman.
Beatrice High School Principal Jason Sutter said its’ been enjoyable to watch the graduates grow. He called them a talented, creative group that has had an impact on school and community and cares about others.
:18 “energizes you”
Sutter noted that 55% of the graduating senior class at BHS will receive scholarships or other financial aid to go on to higher education or training, with the total amount, some $1.56 million. About six students will go into the military. Sutter said 80 students have already gotten a jump on the next stage of their education.
:10 “that’s awesome”
Sutter said the graduates’ years ahead will be filled with mystery, obstacles, victories, dead-ends, delays and detours.
:17 “meant to be”
Graduates received their diplomas Sunday, from Beatrice Board of Education President Lisa Pieper and School Superintendent Pat Nauroth. They were congratulated by Board Members Jon Zimmerman, Nancy Sedlacek, Janet Byars, Doris Martin and Steve Winter.