UNION CITY, Ohio — Tassels turned and tears fell as the Class of 2016 bid farewell to Mississinawa Valley Local School Friday evening during the annual commencement ceremony.
Valedictorian and Class President Leslie Dirksen quoted a controversial column penned earlier this year by County Commissioner Mike Stegall as she sent off her classmates in a final speech. In the column, Stegall said millenials have the potential to be the greatest generation, but they must first stop being such “wimps.” Dirksen said the column only motivated her, and she challenged her classmates to prove that they are indeed hardworking and dedicated citizens.
The 2016 class motto was “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go,” by Dr. Seuss, from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”
The class colors were red and black, and the class flower was a black rose tipped in silver with red ribbon.
The members of the Mississinawa Valley Class of 2016 were as follows: Michael James Allen; Cameron Ismael Anguiano; Alexis Nicole Bercaw; Brian Omer Bland, Miami Valley Career Technical Center (MVCTC); Sean Edward Bridges; Austin Skylar Carpenter; Kaitlyn Marie Cattell, MVCTC; Isaiah Michael Craiger; Leslie Michelle Dirksen, National Honor Society (NHS) and Academic Honors Diploma; Zachary David Dirmeyer, Academic Honors Diploma; Kaytlin Desiree Evans; Amber Jane Flora; Bethany Lynn Flora; Dalton Allen Lee Geesy; Mariah Faith Hannan, NHS and Academic Honors Diploma;
Angela Michelle Hawkey; Kylie Jo Hire; Kasey Lyn Hummel, NHS and Academic Honors Diploma; Hope Elizabeth Jankowski, NHS and Academic Honors Diploma; Adria Lynn Jenkinson, MVCTC; Tyler James Jenkinson; Ian Zachary Kennedy; Grace Anne Livingston, NHS; Levi Jacob Livingston; Charles Joseph Mitchell; Colyn Prescott Nelson; Taylor Michelle Netzley; Destiny DeLosia Neukam; Lauren Renae Newbauer; Chase Lee Jordan Pearcy;
Madison Nicole Puderbaugh; Dominic Michael Rammel; Lindsey Sueanne Rapier; Joshua Lee Rehmert; Devan Michael Rinderle; Grace Elizabeth Skye; Bradley Phillip Slyder; Austin Roli Stewart; Joseph Michael Teeter, NHS and Academic Honors Diploma; Sara Lee Timmerman; David Eugene Townsend; Madison Nicole Walker; Megan Marie Wilson; Savanna Janessa Marie Woodruff, NHS; and Kathryn Elizabeth Zeller.