2015 Osage City High School graduates ready to ‘go wreak havoc on this crazy planet’

The 2015 graduating class of Osage City High School. Photo by Heidi Koger.

The Osage City High School class of 2015 might not be remembered for great things, but they will be remembered, OCHS honor students Aundrea Koger and Jacob Butterfield told their fellow classmates during Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

Echoing their class motto of “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go,” Butterfield and Koger talked about their class’ mischievous reputation, successes and their different destinations.

“I could talk about our mischief in being the ‘cheating class’ or the class that failed to show up to pick up the mess we all made the day after prom,” Butterfield said, experiences which Koger also remembered.

“(T)he class of 2015 at OCHS is all too familiar with cheating,” Koger shared. “I’m not sure any of us will forget being called to the auditorium to be reprimanded for a mass sharing of assignments in Mrs. Durkin’s freshman computer class.”

“We pulled shenanigans whenever we were given the chance,” she summarized their years in school.

But there were successes: Winning the Homecoming Spirit Stick during our sophomore year is pretty admirable, and going on to win it the next two years is downright historic, if I do say so myself,” Koger said, pointing out a class accomplishment that Butterfield also noted.

“Of course, we are nowhere near the best, but I suppose you could say we’re one of the most memorable,” Koger said.

“It’s good to appreciate the memories of yesterday, but we must always remember to live for today, and look to tomorrow, because each day of our life that passes us by is a day that we can never get back,” she said.

With the memories came lessons learned, Butterfield noted.

“We’ve learned our lessons and learned a lot about ourselves,” Butterfield said. “Believe it or not we’ve became a big family. Osage City will be our home forever, a place we’ll never forget.”

Butterfield took time to read a Dr. Seuss story to his fellow graduates; here’s an excerpt of his message: “You’re off the Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way!”

Completing his story, Butterfield urged, “Now let’s go wreak havoc on this crazy planet and show them what us Osage City kids are made of!”

OCHS Principal Tony Heward presented the class for graduation. USD 420 Board of Education members Cindy Cook and Todd Peterson presented diplomas to the following Osage City High School graduates: Ariel Rain Brecheisen, Jacob Clarence Butterfield, Samuel Joseph Cook, Mason Michael Cozad, Jackson Allen Curtis, Taneah Marie Dunham, Kyndra Ann Finan, Manuel Matthaeus Friedlein, Hawk Aaron Goad, Erica Leahne Harold, Clayton James Holmberg, Lance Patrick Hultgren, Austin Rae Johnson, Carissa Lynn Johnson, Aundrea Loren Koger, Rachael Lynn Kuker, Kelsey Jo Lawless, Patrick Brennan Lawless, Xinru Li, Jacob Thomas Glenn Lincoln, Kaleigh Cierra Majors, Jennifer Leann Martin, Madison Denise McKenzie, Benjamin Floyd Mondragon, Isaac Noah Mondragon, Emily Lynn Nicholson, Michael Wayne Ordonez, Paige LeAnn Pearson, Maren Adrianna Peterson, Sarah Angelina Peterson, Cassidy Marie Powell, Garrett Dale Pressgrove, Colton James Robert, Rebecca Jo Robert, Billie Mackenzie Rose, Zachary James Schmitendorf, Chasiti Jane Shafstall, Daniel Jordan Sheckells, Samantha Dawn Smith, Thayna Cardoso Soares, Amy Irene Stromgren, Austin Bryson Stromgren, Blake Charles Stromgren, Kevin Dean Thompson, Tori Elaine Tomlinson, Dalton Wade VanSickle, Katalina Marie Vecchione, Jacob Seth Wade, Stevie Nachelle Walker, Kurtis Oliver Wilk, and Andre Zubiate.

Recognized as honor students at the graduation ceremony were:

  • Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 4.0) – Jacob Butterfield, Aundrea Koger.
  • Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.90-3.99) – Xinru Li, Sarah Peterson, Kurtis Wilk.
  • Cum Laude (GPA of 3.80-3.89) – Jack Curtis, Paige Pearson, Tori Tomlinson.
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