Clintonville graduates 129 students


Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Grace Kirchner Clintonville High School graduates, from left, Caitlin Kestell, salutatorian, Melany Lorge, class president and master of ceremonies, and Faith Lundt, valedictorian, are among 129 students to receive degrees Saturday at the high school fieldhouse.

Live a life without regrets. That was the message Faith Lundt, Class of 2018 valedictorian, had for her Clintonville High School classmates at the 133rd annual commencement exercises Saturday.

Lundt encouraged students in the 129-member class to be active participants in their own lives and not look back at missed opportunities. “Do not allow yourself to be placed in a box,” she said. “You are creating your destiny. What you put in, you get out. What you choose is up to you.” She plans to study molecular biology at Yale University.

Salutatorian Caitlin Kestell recalled some of the accomplishments of her fellow seniors and looked back at a few humorous events that had happened over the years. Overall, her advice to her class was this: “Remember where you came from, and make Clintonville proud.” Kestell plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study evolutionary biology and ecology.

The musical prelude and recessional as well as the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” were played by the Clintonville High School concert band under the direction of Josh Heyer, conductor.

The National Anthem was sung by graduates Seth Betz, Luke Crocker, Riley Hauser, Lacey Jung, Jack Klein, Morgan Mehlberg, Kelly Shepard and Savannah Wedde. “A Million Dreams” was sung by the Clintonville High School choir, accompanied by Ann Crocker and directed by Leah Armstrong.

Melany Lorge, class president, served as the master of ceremonies. Additional class officers included Kennedy Beyersdorf, vice president, Madi Lamia, secretary, and Lundt, treasurer.

The presentation of the class was led by Principal Lance Bagstad. Ben Huber and Laurie Vollrath of the board of education conferred the diplomas.

The class chose as its motto a quote by Anne Frank: “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.”