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Life’s lessons lead 2024 Lyndon High School graduates toward bright future

The 2024 graduating class of Lyndon High School. Photo by Chelsi Simpson Photography.

Lyndon High School’s valedictorian Samanth Cole and salutatorian Caleb Anschutz encouraged their fellow graduates of the class of 2024 to remember the lessons they have learned and use those lessons to make their own successes in the future.

Following a welcome from LHS Senior Class President Brooklynne Morrison, the honor students addressed the crowd of friends, family, classmates and well-wishers gathered for the Lyndon High School commencement exercises Sunday, May 5, 2024, in the Nick Dawson Gymnasium.

Salutatorian Anschutz reminded classmates they should not forget their past, but their future lies ahead of them.

“I can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia for the memories we’ve made over the last four years and a sense of excitement for the future ahead of us,” Anschutz said. “Today, we’re ready to take on the next chapter of our lives.

“In the past four years, we’ve experienced moments of triumph and moments of defeat. This is what allows us to grow together and mature as adults.”

Anschutz said one of the highlights of high school was being involved in sports, which taught him lessons not covered in the classroom.

“Every sport teaches discipline, commitment, competitiveness, and determination, which are important lessons to learn as we go forward in life,” he said.

He said the LHS class of 2024 had already achieved greatness. “From athletics to academics, there is a lot of talent. This is what makes our class so special: we are successful in diverse ways.”

“I can’t wait to see where our journeys take us,” Anschutz said. “Whatever path we choose, I’m confident that we can all achieve greatness, as we have in the past. There will always be victories and defeats. It’s how we react in those moments that will define us. Whatever we do, I hope we never forget the lessons we have learned here at Lyndon, and continue to grow from our experiences.”

“Let’s make the future bright!” he encouraged the graduates.

Valedictorian Cole told of her own journey through high school and a lesson she learned from her experiences “that’s far more valuable than any math equation or history fact.”

“Going into high school, I thought I had to be amazing at everything,” Cole said. “I thought that in order to prove my worth, I had to excel in as many things as humanly possible. I was putting so much pressure on myself to be everything to everyone, to be the best at everything. I was making myself miserable.”

She said her volleyball coach helped her realize “you don’t have to be the best at everything to still have a meaningful life!”

“[The coach] helped me to see that I didn’t need to be a varsity starter in order to have a fulfilling season,” Cole said. “I realized that because I had been so focused on trying to be the best, I was missing the camaraderie of my teammates. I learned that true success doesn’t come from being the best. It comes from giving your best to those around you.

“When we give others our full attention and are truly present with them in the moment, we discover one of the best gifts that God has given humanity: the gift of relationship,” she said. “Don’t be so consumed with the future that you miss the gift of the people right next to you. I challenge everybody in this room, starting now, to slow down and enjoy each other.”

Lyndon High School Principal Tanner Smith presented the LHS class of 2024 for graduation, handing diplomas to 30 graduates: Caleb David Anschutz, Kayden Anthony Bergkamp, Zachary Nathaniel Bond, Kian Lyric Claerhout, Samantha Ruth Cole, Cloey Caylean Conner, Gavin Leo Fischer, Josselyn Noel Gano, Annabella Faith Glenn, Lucas Michael Hanna, Tanner Allen Heckel, Victoria Christiana Landtroop, Kadi Rae Marsh, Jalen Allen Massey, Kaedin Lynn Massey, Samantha Alexis Mikovits, Daxten Tate Miller, Brooklynne Annie Morrison, Kimber Leigh Presher, Ethen Blane Ramey, Parker David Rhoads, Andrew Thomas Richards, Andrew William Rounds, Jesse James Sparks, Abigail June Stout, Taylor Grace Thompson, Madison Paige Weece, Jocelyn Danielle White, Casten David Wirth, and Brianna Marie Yockey.

Also during the ceremony, the Brooklynne Morrison and Tanner Heckel were presented the KSHSAA Citizenship Award.

Junior escorts for the commencement were Elijah Feltner, Peyton Weston, Andrew Coffman, and Reanna Marcotte. Music was provided by the Lyndon Middle and High School Band, directed by Michael Kaufman.

Sponsors of the LHS class of 2024 are Dalton Fitch and Kendal Smith.

Administration includes USD 421 Superintendent Brad Marcotte, Lyndon High School Principal Tanner Smith, Teresa Fitch, board clerk, Teressa Martin, district secretary and board secretary, and Katie Shepard, high school secretary. Lyndon High School faculty for 2024 were Toby Baker, social studies; Anne Bichel, science, mathematics; Racele Bilby, special services; Donna Davis, library aide; Dalton Fitch, technology coordinator; Marcia Flatin, food services; Frank Hart, language arts; Michael Kaufman, instrumental music; Tim Kilgore, agri-science; Madelynn Knisley, vocal music, guitar; Michael Massey, physical education, strength training; Rob Owens, public speaking, drama, publications; Amanda Barnum, mathematics; Kendal Smith, counselor; Hannah Wilson, art education; Linda Volkman, adulting.

USD 421 Board of Education board members are Bryant Derley, president, Melissa Herdman, vice president, Jay Biggs, Jennifer Hamlet, Megan Kilgore, Lori Sturdy, and Elizabeth Young.

The 2024 graduating class of Lyndon High School. Photo by Chelsi Simpson Photography.

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