If there were a theme to the graduation ceremony, Sunday, May 27, for the Archbold High School Class of 2012, it was thank you.
Speakers in the AHS gymnasium gave thanks to students, parents, teachers, friends, relatives, and community members.
Abby Short, one of two speakers from the graduating class, told the audience, “each and every one of you has been part of the life of someone” who is graduating.
“Each of you deserves a big thank you.”
Jon Lugbill, president of the Archbold Area School Board, told the audience that its investment in Archbold Schools is paying big dividends.
“The Class of 2012 is equipped and ready for continued success,” he said.
He said the school board is committed to continuous improvement, and thanked the audience for its continued investment and support.
David Deskins, district superintendent, told the graduating seniors so many people had left an imprint on their lives, and he hoped each would find time to offer their thanks.
“You would not be here today if they had not offered you their love, support and encouragement,” he said.
Chandler Tuckerman, president of the Class of 2012, thanked the teaching staff “for all of your hard work and effort, even when it was not required of you.”
He also thanked the parents “of each and every students on these bleachers.
“Mr. Meister (high school principal) has always stressed the importance of the parents when it comes to early education skills and moral principles, and I agree with him wholeheartedly.
“Without the hard work and dedication of the parents, we wouldn’t make it far,” he said.
In her address, Short listed some of the accomplishments of the Class of 2012, including:
•18 Northwest Ohio Athletic League Championships;
•two state champions;
•choir and band advancing to state competition all four years; and
•several Four County Career Center students advancing to state and national competition.
She said members of the graduating class had earned $2,082,000 in scholarships.
Meister said for 11 consecutive years, “no matter how often they changed the test, no matter how often they said the test was way more difficult, you have forced the Ohio Department of Education to look at Archbold and say, ‘You are excellent.’”
Deskins offered his advice to graduates, urging them to discover what they are passionate about, and pursue it.
“Passion for doing what is right will allow the impossible to become possible,” he said.
Meister told graduates to find a line of work “that doesn’t seem like work.”
He also urged them not to get caught up in the idea that only a large bank account is the measure of success.
“In the end, all of us has to meet our maker, and he’s not going to ask if we made a million dollars. He’s going to ask if you made a difference.
“And he’s not going to ask if you made a difference, but if you made a difference in someone else.”
Tuckerman urged his classmates to pursue their dreams.
“If you want to travel the world, do it. If you want to be the best construction worker ever, do it.
“The only thing stopping us is ourselves.”–David Pugh