On Sunday afternoon, May 20, family and friends gathered at the Bunceton High School to witness the graduation of the Class of 2018 as they commenced the next step of their journey through life.

While small in size, this year’s graduates collectively received over $160,000 in scholarships to finance their future education.

Following the processional, the Bunceton High School Band played “True Colors” by Billy Stenberg and Tom Kelly. Michael Brown and the BHS Choir sang “Shoshone Love Song” by Roger Emerson. Pastor Paul Weisenborn said the invocation.

Superintendent Mark. Spaid did the introduction and introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Jerry Pirtle, who taught at Bunceton High School. Pirtle told the seniors that they should “always think on the positive side of things, because the negative would pull them down.” He gave them examples where letting go of the negative and focusing on the positive had pulled them through.

Spaid then introduced Lauren Wieland as the class salutatorian and Kylie Heilman as valedictorian. Wieland spoke a few minutes on the past school years and told classmates “we are family.” Heilman thanked everyone who had had a part in helping her and the Class of 2018 reach this milestone. “This is just the beginning,” she said, “but we have lots of memories.”

Mrs. Reichel presented a number of scholarships and introduced representatives of organizations who presented their own scholarships.

Members of the class presented flowers to their family as their class song, “I’ll Always Remember You,” played. A Senior Video followed.