Vermillion High School graduates begin search for ‘elsewhere’

Vermillion High School graduates begin search for 'elsewhere' Jeannine Joy shed a few tears but also smiled broadly as she was congratulated by friends and family following Sunday's Vermillion High School commencement held in Slagle Auditorium. Joy, who served as student council representative for the class of '99, was one of six student speakers at the ceremony. She told her classmates to never forget their friends and family. by David Lias Curt Cameron, Vermillion High School�s assistant principal, read a passage from a book titled The Giver to the class of '99 at the high school�s commencement exercise, held Sunday afternoon in Slagle Auditorium.

The portion of the story that he read described the situation encountered by a character named Jonah, who was forced to leave his home community and never return.

Cameron noted that Jonah searched for a place that offered him more opportunity. He referred to that place as elsewhere.

�Never let go of those cherished memories you have of high school,� he said. �And I wish you the best of luck in your search for elsewhere.�

The graduates also heard brief remarks from fellow students Amy O�Connor, senior class vice president; Sihaya Reid, class secretary/treasurer; Jeannine Joy and Molly Meyers, both student council representatives; and Mike Vaillancourt, student council president.

O�Connor admitted that it�s difficult to leave the safe, familiar surroundings of Vermillion High School.

�I�m sure my mom is dying to hear this, but I really am scared about college,� she said.

�As of today, we are beginning the rest of our lives,� Reid said. �Some of us in college, some us in the military, and some of us in the work force.�

Joy told her fellow graduates to never regret their experiences or the friends they�ve made, because all of that has made them what they are today.

Meyers said there is one thing that each member of the class of �99 can always count on: the support of friends. �Look forward to the future with a positive attitude, and seek out new friends, for they will help support you in your future experiences.�

Vaillancourt reminded the graduates that if they have their goals clearly in mind, it doesn�t matter where they start. �And here we are at the starting gate. It is my firm conviction that the class of 1999 is capable of doing anything we put our minds to.�

�Wherever our hearts may take us, we will always be the class of 1999,� Tolsma said.

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