Junction City High School Graduates Called "Hope Of Community"

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Weather threatened Junction City High School's graduation Sunday night and even though the ceremony had to be moved indoors, it didn't dampen the mood.

Family members packed the stands in the high school's gym to cheer on their graduate.

USD 475 Superintendent Ron Walker told the class of nearly 370 students that they represent the hope of the community, encouraging them to be successful and positive impacts on the lives of those around them.

"I’m really going to miss high school. I’m excited to go on to college but I think I’m really going to miss this high school. It’s been so awesome," said Jair Holguin.

"I’m glad to be able to move on from high school and go on to college and what’s next in my life," added Alexis Horne.

"It’s started to really kick in that I’m going to a new chapter in my life and it’s actually starting today so I’m really excited," said Marissa Biggs.

Jamee-Dawn Gray, Salutatorian, spoke during the commencement, telling her fellow graduates that they have the ability to make a difference despite the difficult economic times.

"We have power to make this country the great nation that it once was because we’re currently in a recession and we can get out of that," she said of her speech, designed to empower the class.

Junction City High School worked with the Army to allow students with a deployed parent to share their special day with their soldier, getting to chat before the ceremony and streaming the commencement live to those troops.

The crowd at the ceremony took a moment of silence to remember the Bramlage family, killed in a plane crash last summer on their way back to Junction City from vacation. Becky Bramlage was a member of the USD 475 School Board. Becky and Ron were very active in the community and involved in local philanthropic efforts. Becky and Ron and their four children died in the Florida crash.

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