High hopes, temperatures at Tigerton graduation


Leah Lehman Leader Correspondent

Photo by Leah Lehman Leah Jobe, valedictorian, at left, and Anna Watters, salutatorian and class president, are among 16 members of Tigerton High School’s Class of 2018.

On a very warm Friday evening, Tigerton High School held its 109th annual commencement exercise in the high school gymnasium and gave diplomas to 16 students.

The ceremony began with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the Tigerton High School band, under the direction of Kayla Berndt. That was followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Anna Watters, Class of 2018 president and salutatorian, shared memories with her classmates and encouraged success for the futures of the students.

Valedictorian Leah Jobe began her speech on a humorous note by tearing up what appeared to be a very long speech due to the warm weather. She then took on a more serious tone and talked about the hard work as well as the hopes and dreams of her fellow graduates, and she wished them all well in the years to come.

A slide show of memories was presented by Shawn Much and Wanda Tucker. Diplomas were presented by Benjamin Rayone, district administrator, and Jeremy Erdmann, school board president.

The recessional by the band was “Premiere Suite.” Class colors were maroon and silver. The class song was “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw, and the class motto was “Chase your dreams, but always know the road that’ll lead you home again,” also by McGraw.