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HOPE — The pomp arrived Friday evening well before the Hauser High School Concert Band launched into the familiar strains of the commencement march, when a white, stretch limo pulled in front of the school gym to deposit some of the members of the 2012 graduating class.
But the 61 seniors brought more than sleek style to their farewell. They brought enough substance to rack up more than $400,000 in college scholarships and awards — more than twice the amount of previous classes, according to Hauser Principal Kim Harsh.
The school leader offered a final, short course in success for the students. She gave them “the six most important words: I admit it. I was wrong.”
The two most important words: “Thank you.” The least important word: “I.”
Salutatorian Daniel Anderson continued the tradition of the school, named after Moravian missionary Martin Hauser who founded Hope, to put prayer front and center at the commencement.
He offered a biblical blessing from the book of Numbers and added another thought.
“I pray that we all will continue to grow, regardless of where we are,” Anderson said.
Valedictorian Morgan Cox asked classmates to remember their origins.
“Let us never forget our roots, and all the people who helped us get this far,” Cox said.
She also quoted the class motto taken from writer Henry David Thoreau. It read in part, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”
From the ceremony’s beginning, they went confidently, heads held high, as they streamed up the gym’s center aisle to their seats. Dale Perkinson’s eyes brimmed with tears when he turned around and spotted daughter Dakota Jo Perkinson making her way in the procession. As she slowly walked past her dad’s aisle seat, the father reached out and quickly clasped his daughter’s hand.
She beamed, released his hand, and, along with her classmates, walked on into tomorrow.
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