Life speeds onward as 2017 Burlingame High School graduates accept diplomas

2017 BHS graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

For Burlingame High School valedictorian Alissa Jaynes, graduation from high school served as a signal that life moves fast.

Jaynes told her fellow classmates during the BHS graduation Saturday, May 13, 2017, that as the end of school came near, time had been on her mind: “About how it flies by and how there’s never enough of it. Life comes at us so fast that we don’t always get to appreciate the time that we have, and the people we share our time with,” she said. “So how do we slow down the rush of time, so that we can get some measure of control? The unfortunate answer to that question is, we simply can’t. All we can do is live in the present, look forward to the future, and always remember the fond memories
of the past.”

“We have always dreamed of this day,” Jaynes said, noting all the hard work, effort and help from others it had taken to get to graduation day. To those who helped the students achieve their successes – parents, teachers, school staff, “You’ve supported us on our journey,” she said. “The best way we graduates can show gratitude is to make the most of the opportunity we’ve been given and go forward with the intention of making our community and world a better place for the generations that follow us.”

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

BHS salutatorian James Daniel Quaney also told the graduates they should have gratitude for the reason they were all gathered at the school gymnasium – success.

“Every single one of us that is about to walk across this stage has been successful,” Quaney said. “Through hard work and dedication we have achieved a spectacular accomplishment, making it through high school and graduating. This accomplishment is just one of many we all have obtained thus far in our lives. However, this one is different. When we walk across this stage today and receive our diplomas, we are opening the door to be able to achieve even greater successes.”

But those successes didn’t come without help from others, he said, thanking parents, teachers, school staff and his fellow classmates.

“We have been set up to have success in the future,” Quaney said. “We learned the necessary skills that will allow us to succeed … You equipped us with the knowledge to have success in our futures.”

“High school taught each of us that it doesn’t matter what your vision of success is, that if you work hard enough, and you put forth the effort, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “We are equipped and I am confident that we can go anywhere and do anything in this world.”

With BHS Principal Tammy Baird presenting the class, USD 454 President Kris Kline accepted the class for graduation. USD 454 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dyllan Peyton Brake, Mason Thomas Brown, Katelyn Beth Droegemeier, Timothy Alan Dunn, Raven Ash Franzen, Quinn Noble Garrett, Alexyss Dawn Marie Hamner, Kylie Marie Hill, Anthony James Hovestadt, Alissa Lanae Jaynes, Kacie Marie Jones, Shannon Gayle Kirwan, Sierra Kay Kirwan, Regan Danielle Lindbloom, Katelynn Marie Linder, Irish Sean Masters, Shaylea Elizabeth Nicole Masters, Harper Calvin Neu, James Daniel Quaney, Darian Kay Summers, Rachael Lynne Swogger, Margaret Elizabeth West, Sabrina Ila-Mae Wright.

Senior class sponsors were Haley Tyson and Linda White.

Burlingame High School academic winners were:

  • Allen County Scholarships: Cody Atchison, Darian Summers, Danny Quaney
  • American Legion Awards: Danny Quaney, Irish Masters, Alissa Jaynes, Shannon Kirwan
  • Bobbie Taylor Humanitarian Award: Darian Summers
  • Burlingame Recreation Award: Sierra Kirwan, Danny Quaney
  • Chapter IQ PEO Scholarship: Alissa Jaynes
  • Dale Dennis Award: Alissa Jaynes
  • Grandma Shirley Noonan Memorial: Irish Masters
  • John Philip Sousa Award: Katelyn Droegemeier
  • Patrick Gilmore Award: Patrick Gilmore
  • Kansas Scholar: Danny Quaney
  • Kevin Masters Memorial Scholarships: Irish Masters
  • KSHSAA Citizenship Award : Shannon Kirwan, Irish Masters
  • Mildred H. Dutton Award: Alissa Jaynes
  • Outstanding Scholarship: Alissa Jaynes
  • Pepsi Scholarship: Kylie Hill, Alissa Jaynes
  • USD 454 Endowment Association: Darian Summers, Alissa Jaynes, Danny Quaney
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2017 graduates of Burlingame High School, front from left, Sabrina Wright, Kacie Jones, Alexyss Hamner, Alissa Jaynes, Darian Summers, Katelyn Droegemeier, Shaylea Masters, Marcy West; middle, Kylie Hill, Sierra Kirwan, Regan Lindbloom, Anthony Hovestadt, Quinn Garrett, Shannon Kirwan, Kat Linder, Rachael Swogger; back, Irish Masters, Dyllan Brake, Raven Franzen, Danny Quaney, Mason Brown, Timmy Dunn, Harper Neu.

Photos thanks to Keri Welch.


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