Butteville grads urged to follow their dreams

Liz Pyles
Butteville Graduate Nearthur Walker has fun taking a moment to pose as he exits the stage after receiving his diploma on June 18, 2010.

“Hold on to your dreams,” said favorite kindergarten teacher and keynote speaker Tom Mulvihill to Butteville Elementary School’s 2010 graduating class. “Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart and your dream will always come.”

Butteville’s gym in Edgewood was filled with family and friends who watched 15 eighth graders receive their diplomas Friday night. The gym was decorated with photo collages of school events put together by parents over the years. Students also created a personal photo collage.

Valedictorians Bettina Darger, Jillian Neel and Marielle Schnack emphasized the close relationships that exist at school.

“We became one big happy family,” said Bettina.

Jillian said, “Some of us may become Cougars, Miners, and maybe Bears, but we will never forget each other.”  

Schnack said Butteville feels like home and all the students know all the teachers very well.

Salutatorian Kaela Slabaugh said that having come from a large school, she likes Butteville better because she knows everyone.

Spending nine school years together provided Amanda Garcia and James Hipp with a lot of material to share with the audience.  Starting with kindergarten, they reminisced about funny events, what they learned from each other and who was new each year. “We had fun and great memories that we will always remember,” they said.

The graduates reflected on the past and looked ahead. Jesse Vasey and Tre Newport gave their funny predictions of what the future holds for each student.

A special tradition at Butteville gives students an opportunity to say thanks to their families and present them with a personal thank you letter. “It meant a lot,”?Amanda Garcia said of writing the letter. “It felt good to say thank you after all nine years here.”

After principal Cynthia McConnell presented the Class of 2010 and students flipped their tassels, they exited the stage one at a time to the song “Celebration.”

Amanda Garcia received the $50 PTO Sue Farnsworth Scholarship.

Alexandra Arnett and Clayton Mills were selected for the Kiwanis Citizenship Awards.

Graduates were:

 Alexandra Arnett, Austin Bullington, Bettina Darger, Amanda Garcia, James Hipp, Clayton Mills, Damean Montgomery, Jillian Neel, Tre Newport, Cameron Peck, Marielle Schnack, Trevor Shaffer, Kaela Slabaugh, Jesse Vasey, Nearthur Walker.

After Butteville gradation on June 18, 2010, families and friends crowd around congratulating graduates.