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HHS 2017 Graduation

Posted 5/18/2017

Record Staff

On Mothers Day, 51 Hesston High seniors turned their tassels and became graduates.  The Class of 2017, one of the smaller classes at Hesston High, was hailed for its diversity by Principal Ty Rhodes before presenting students with their diplomas.

Class speakers Paige Kauffman and Kitt Regier shared memories, laughs and the lesson that classmates should aspire to not let high school be “the time of their lives.”

With graduates going to all corners of the United States - Regier heading to the East Coast to continue his education at the United States Air Force Academy and Kauffman going to Azusa Pacific University on the West Coast - Swathers will be going far and wide.

Some students, like Lila Yang, said they will be staying closer to home, attending Wichita State and majoring in pharmacology. 

Brityne Rucker said she will be packing her bags and heading to K-State to study agriculture and communications.

Some students, like Davey Merchant, are taking a less traditional path, studying at Coffeville to become a machinist. 

Swathers said they will hold on to the memories they have made while they continue on their paths.

“My best memory...Probably the banana story I’m not supposed to tell,” said Yang.

Rucker, a four-year atheleate at Hesston, said she will hold her experiences dear.

“Walking out to the state championship at volleyball was my best memory this year,” she said.

Emily Shirley was hit with a wave of emotion as she performed for the last time as a Swather.

“It just really hit me. Singing at graduation made me cry,” she said.

However, some students are ready for the summer repreieve before heading off to their futures.

“I won’t miss the homework.” said Zach Ledford, who will be studying at Southwest College in the fall.