Sun finally shines on MHS Class of 2015

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Hannah Katherine Uebele, salutorian

MILFORD – The only weather related problem Friday evening during Milford High School’s Class of 2015 second attempt at a graduation ceremony may have been sunburn.

Thursday evening’s scheduled graduation was cut short when an energetic thunderstorm cut short by a large bolt of lightning.

After leading his graduates back to the Briggs Stadium field Friday, Principal David Carter went to the podium and announced, “Round 2.” The graduates and the crowd in the packed bleachers cheered and applauded.

“We have certainly survived the weather,” Dr. Carter said. “Yesterday’s event is further evidence of your determination.”

Before the weather interrupted Thursday’s pomp and circumstance, most of the traditional graduation events were completed. Each of the senior awards were given, the class song was sung and Kayla Brennan, senior class president, presented the school with the class gift, an outdoor sound system.

All that was really left was for Valedictorian Morgan Christi Perry to finish her address, for Salutatorian Hannah Katherine Uebele and for the graduates to get their diplomas.

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Friday the Class of 2015 marches by where the school band performed Thursday before weather interrupted the ceremony. The fallen music stands look like they could have been knocked over by Thursday evening’s storm.

Ms. Perry told her fellow graduates, speaking about future challenges and not weather, “All of us are feeling some measure of fear.”

“It is okay to be afraid it’s only human to be wary of the unknown,” she continued. “To know success, you must know failure. Through determination you can bounce back from any failure.”

Her final message to her classmates was to be true to themselves.

“Success is measured by the happiness in your own heart,” Ms. Perry said.

When Ms. Uebele took the podium Friday, she told the crowd and her classmates that she wasn’t going to give the speech she prepared for Thursday’s ceremony.

“Today is a new day,” she began.

She advised her classmates to stay strong and be adaptable.

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Hannah Elise Folke receives her diploma from School Board President Marvin Schelhouse on Friday.

“We can all make it through the thunderstorm to the big beautiful rainbow on the other side,” Ms. Uebele said.

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