By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD ? Winfield-Mt. Union?s Class of 2018 took their next step in life on Sunday afternoon as they received their high school diplomas.
The day was begun with the processional song by the W-MU band, led by director Nick Carlo.
Three students gave speeches at the ceremony. Valedictorian Lauren Jamison and Salutatorians Molly Jennings and Pearl Krieger-Coble all stepped to the mic. Each shared some of their favorite quotes, including the words of Aurther Ashe and Adlai Stevenson, however it was fictional boss Michael Scott from the U.S. version of ?The Office? who received the most air play.
Following commencement speeches, science teacher William Hansen spoke and it was something the 2018 Wolf Pack will remember forever. Hansen pulled out a pocket watch and slowly walked in front of the stage, looking down at this year?s graduates. ?Time is the fire in which we burn,? Hansen said, drawing interest and confusion from the crowd. As Hansen paced the stage, he noted that everything that needed to be said had already been done. He finished his time by asking the Class of 2018 to present themselves to the world, before walking back to his seat.
Principal Dave Edwards then took the microphone to honor students and recognize the scholarships received. Scholarships were anywhere from $250 to a full ride. Overall, the scholarships given out to the Class of 2018 totaled $62,287.
The biggest scholarships of the day came from Mt. Mercy. Lexee Hartsock received a full ride for the Catherine McAuley Scholarship, and Molly Jennings received an $18,000 Presidential Scholarship.
After the Honor Student recognition, the Wolves lined up to receive their diplomas. Each student was also given a flower to give to a parent or guardian.
The W-MU band played the recessional and it was time for the students to flip their tassel?s, throw their hats and walk out as Wolf alumni.