After awards were given out and speeches were finished, the Milford High School Class of 2015 began to walk the green but mother nature had other plans. After a clap of thunder and the rain began to pour down, students and teachers receded to the auditorium and the diplomas were handed out on Friday, May 29 at a rescheduled performance.
Not to be discouraged, the Milford Senior High School class of 2015 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.
During Thursday’s ceremony, Valedictorian Morgan Perry and Salutatorian Hannah Uebele spoke to their fellow classmates about what they future holds for this senior class. The pair were also awarded with the Milford High School English Award, presented by Mrs. Dawn Dehel, for outstanding performance in the Language Arts as judged by members of the English Department. Perry also received the Milford High School Outstanding Mathematics Student Award, presented by Mrs. Maire O’Neill-Nauman. Uebele received the Dr. G. W. Pleasanton Science Award, established in honor of Dr. G. W. Pleasanton, President of Milford School Board when north and south Milford Schools were united into one district, for academic excellence in Science.
The Milford High School Leadership Award was presented to Matthew Kyle Groce, the senior student judged to possess outstanding leadership qualities. The Robert Leitheiser Service Award, established in memory of Robert Leitheiser, Milford High School 1948-49 was presented to Elyssa Kai Buczkowski for best exemplifying qualities of school service.
The Captain James H. Johnson J. Award for Outstanding Male Athlete, awarded by MHS Athletic Director Mike Tkach, was presented to Benjamin Alexander Mitzel as the senior male best exemplifying athletic skills and sportsmanship as voted upon by the entire coaching staff within Milford High School.
The Milford High School Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award, awarded by Mr. Mike Tkach, was presented to Patricia Delva as the senior female best exemplifying athletic skills and sportsmanship as voted upon by the entire coaching staff within Milford High School.
The Milford High School Foreign Language Award, presented by Ms. Cami Morgan, was presented to Abigail Castaneda, a senior student for outstanding achievement in the study of Spanish.
The Daughters of the American Revolution History Award, presented by Mrs. Veronica Evans, sponsored by the Jonathan Caldwell Chapter of Milford for excellence in United States History, was presented to Angeliki Angela Kalesis. Kalesis was also presented the Milford High School Outstanding Agricultural Science Education Student Award by Ms. Judith Bruns.
The Milford High School Outstanding Art Student Award presented in memory of Kelly Tyrrell Gill for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Art was presented to Heather Lauren Garrity by Mrs. Karine Richards and Ms. Julie Skerrett
The Milford High School Performing Art Awards, presented by Dr. Gerry Thompson, Mr. Peter Solecki and Ms. Carissa Meiklejohn recognizes three areas of outstanding performance art: Instrumental, Choral and Dramatic Art.The Donald Lee Gibson Instrumental Musical Award was presented to Nicholas Campo Sobota, The Outstanding Choral Student award was presented to Sarah Patricia Jump andThe Outstanding Dramatic Art Student award was presented to Sydney Miranda Lane Stump.
The Milford High School Outstanding Technology Student Award was presented to Devin Michael Brewington by Ms. Judith Bruns.
Students that achieved the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, making honor roll their entire high school career, included Julien Benson-Reid, Corinne Bogan, Dylan Bradley, Kayla Brennan, Elyssa Buczkowski, Timothy Frost, Kasey Fry, Jordan Gaither, Heather Garrity, Angela Gleysteen, Twaqwantae Green, Matthew Groce, Jade Hitch-Lily, Desirae John, Savannah Jones, Sarah Jump, Megan Kirkpatrick, Ethan Lennox, Kaitlyn Metzner, Jessica Pennington, Morgan Perry, Jordan Prouse, Dustin Reeder, Taylor Reynolds, Xitlali Roman Campos, Nicholas Sobota, Ashley Spruill and Hannah Uebele.