Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future

Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson.

With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to a three-man tag team of graduation speeches. Tagged as second speaker, Salutatorian Trystan Pringle said planning the speeches with valedictorians Cody Anschutz and Daniel Pine included consultation with LHS Principal Brad Marcotte.

“Mr. Marcotte must have watched ‘A Christmas Carol’ because Cody was assigned the past, I the present, and Daniel the future,” Pringle said.

As first up to the podium and true to his part, Anschutz reflected on 13 years at Lyndon schools and “spoke about all of the awesome memories our class has made,” as Pringle later said.

Anschutz also reflected on how the class’ school experiences helped form them as students.

“Entering high school hit us like a ton of bricks,” Anschutz said. “We had this really mean guy bossing us around and trying to scare us. Yes, Mr. Marcotte, that was you, but I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for us over the past four years.”

Anschutz also thanked “the great group of teachers that helped keep us in line,” and all of his 26 fellow classmates.

“Although I may not be the most qualified person in this group to give advice, my final piece of wisdom for you is this,” he said, “regardless of your past experiences at Lyndon High School over the past few years we have shaped each other, for better or for worse, into strong, capable individuals. Try to remember each other for how they are now.”

When tagged, Pringle talked about working to come up with a speech about the present “that would really stick with you. I wanted it to be special to each individual person.” Then he admitted to his secret passion for poetry, and showed his poetic talent with a rap song about each of his classmates.

Pringle’s rapping ended with a thank you to “pretty much anyone who showed up to bid the class of 2017 a farewell.”

“There’s like a thousand of you here … in essence you are what shaped our graduating class of 2017 and gave us the keys to our own success,” he said.

Tagged to talk about the future, Pine offered that regardless of the students’ successes or failures in the past, as graduates they were embarking on a new beginning.

“The opportunities are unlimited, so don’t let your performance in high school affect your future,” Pine said. “At this point, we all have a clean slate, and our decisions will determine our future.”

He advised classmates that only they can measure their own success, and it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the person in the mirror, so don’t let yourself down. Congratulations Class of 2017. It’s been real,” Pine said, tagging Marcotte to present the class for graduation.

Members of the USD 421 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following 2017 graduates of Lyndon High School: Cody Don Anschutz, Kyle James Baker, Marissa Kay Beutel, Lainey Nicole Beyer, Beau David Brecheisen, Dalton Reid Brooker, Rylan Mitchell Burns, Haily Michele Chenoweth, Joseph Payton Dow, Ellie Rae Fischer, Bethanie Genae Gilliland, Morgan Scott Heit, Joseph Edward Heltzel, Taylor Lee House, Serena Lynn Hufford, Colton Garrett Hutchcroft, Jasmine Brooke Kempel, Roger Lee Lane, Kimberly Kathleen Lynn Lister, Chase Alexander Newberry, Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Marina Kathleen Payne, Daniel Louis Pine, Trystan Chance Pringle, Dalas Nichole Roberts, Grace Anne Spencer, Jillian Grace Stanley.

Senior class sponsors are Lori Catron and Teresa Fitch. USD 421 Board of Education members include Robert Knoernschild, president, Lisa Baker, David Brecheisen, Melissa Herdman, Joe Isch, Eric Ratzloff, and Lori Sturdy. Cheryl Cook is superintendent of schools.

Photo thanks to Bill Patterson.


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