On Thursday, May 24 the Milford Senior High School class of 2012 proudly stood on the field at Briggs Stadium to celebrate the culmination of their twelve years of hard work and dedication. The stadium was filled with family and friends supporting the accomplishments as the graduates took their first glance at their futures. Some students will choose college, some will join the work force and some will choose to serve our country by joining the military but all have moved one step closer to fulfilling their destiny.
Valedictorian Lauren Mentzer spoke to the class of 2012 urging them to remember all of the influential people in their lives and the import role they have played in their lives.
“The grass is not in fact always greener on the other side,” commented Ms. Mentzer referring to the traditional adage. “The fact is that the grass is greener where it has been watered. Each of us is here tonight because of someone that has nurtured us.”
Lauren Mentzer also received the Donald Lee Gibson Instrumental Musical Award, and the Milford High School Foreign Language Award.
Salutatorian Stephanie Clendaniel spoke to her classmates about their future and the endless opportunities that present themselves to each individuals.
“What is amazing is that our journey has just begun,” commented Ms. Clendaniel. “The doors have now opened to so many different possibilities.”
Fourteen additional awards were given to seniors that demonstrated superior abilities in their specific area of study or sport. The awards given included the Milford High School Leadership Award (Lyndsey Teel Senn), Robert Leitheiser Service Award (Jarred Parker Geyer) Captain James H. Johnson J. Award For Outstanding Male Athlete (Carl Alexander Richardson) Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award Milford New Century Club (Savannah Michelle Becker) Milford High School English Award (Paige Elizabeth Thomas) Daughter of the American Revolution History Award (Rose Catharine McFassel) Outstanding Choral Student Award (Rose Catharine McFassel) Outstanding Dramatic Art Student Award (Bethn Elizabeth Lennox) Milford High School Outstanding Business Student Award (Brittney Sue Hughes) Milford High School Outstanding Mathematics Student Award (Tara Nicole Gleysteen) Milford High School Outstanding Agricultural Science Student Award (Casidhe Danielle Bruns) Milford High School Outstanding Technology Student Award (Jeremy Levi Kilgore) Milford High School Outstanding Art Student Award (Catherine Marie Lallier) and Dr. G. W. Pleasanton Science Award (Zeph Derrickson Geyer).
Only the future will tell what is in store for the Milford High School graduating class of 2012. It is the next few years of their lives that will determine what their next great step will be.