Presentation of the Class of 2013

Dan Zang, RHS Principal


RHS recently celebrated our 2013 commencement ceremony. The Class of 2013 is a tremendous group who now move on to spread their wings. Below you will find excerpts from this year’s graduation speech.

Mrs. Hillman, board of Education President….

It is, with great honor that I present to you the Rockford High School graduating Class of 2013. This class is composed of 605 graduates that have achieved great success in their time at Rockford High School. They have excelled first and foremost in the classroom. They have also excelled in fine arts, community service, and co-curricular activities. Their accomplishments and actions have made us all very proud.

To the parents here this evening: Congratulations to each of you! As I look over this group of graduates one last time, I am so very proud of their many accomplishments. I can only imagine the pride and joy that you are feeling right now. Be proud of your young adults as they will soon take flight and go on to make you even prouder than you feel this evening! On behalf of the staff at Rockford High School and Rockford Public Schools, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your children. Rockford Public Schools’ success is directly attributed to the tremendous parent support we receive in its varying forms. We are proud to share this milestone with you parents; it has been a joy and pleasure to work with your children.

To the graduates: In a short while you will exit this arena one last time as a Rockford High School senior. As you sit here waiting to walk across this stage I want to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of you on a job well done. Each and every one of you has a story and journey as to how you got here. We celebrate the fact that you have arrived, and have accomplished, we know your story is only just beginning. Be sure that you always continue to learn, the quest for learning and doing will always come to your favor in life’s journey. Your launch officially begins this evening, take your diploma – make a difference- and fly!!

For a variety of reasons this graduating class is very near and dear to me! There may be many in attendance that may have a misconception of the wonderful learning that takes place daily at Rockford High School. Our students do not simply walk through our doors and learn from our fabulous instructors. In a true learning environment, which I believe Rockford High School to be, we all learn from each other. Seated before me are graduates who contributed day in and day out to the learning process. Please allow me to give a few examples of the teaching qualities, and more importantly, life qualities of this fine class.

Chase Fairchild- taught us all a quiet confidence, cool temperament, and a humble ease can and does prevail in competitive environments.

Missy Beiner- has taught the noble value of accepting everyone right where they are without judgment.

Austin Nash- taught us a great example of perseverance. He drove himself to school each day from 30 miles outside of our district, earned 2 scholarships, and nearly a 4.0 GPA his senior year.

Zoe Bruyn- has taught us self- sacrifice and giving to make Rockford High School a better place for all.

Jamey Staley- has taught us the power of being kind to all, showing respect to everyone, and being a true all round wealth of sincerity and talent.

Micayla Bakita-has taught us all the value and beauty of being sincere to all.

Troy Maloley- No matter how good or bad the day, Troy always has a kind, and meaningful, hello to offer.

Addison Ouellette- demonstrates the ability each day to see the good in everyone and everything.

Marcus Powers- taught us all the power of being genuine.

Lynsey Bettig- she has taught all that a smile, truly, can make a difference in all of our lives!

Seth Carozza- if every person were as polite, respectful, and appreciative as this young man, the world would be a much better place.

Terri Atwood- you have taught us the power of courage and grace. You began you senior year facing much adversity and were in the grips of an awful cancer. You sit here tonight not only as a graduate but as a conquering hero. Gary and Nida I certainly know how very special this evening is to you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with us. Terri you have taught so many – so much!

Graduates, from this day forth you will go on and make your mark in this world. May your future stories lead, inspire, and make a difference. Remember you are, and always will be, a ROCKFORD RAM.

Seniors allow me to close with something you have heard from me the first day we met. Please, always remember to take care of yourself and those around you. Congratulations to each of you, it was indeed a pleasure!!!


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