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The Owen County High School class of 2013 took its final walk across the stage during Saturday’s graduation, but it won’t be a class that principal Duane Kline will soon forget.
“This was my first graduating class here in Owen County,” Kline said. “And I don’t know if I could’ve asked for a better one … absolutely exceptional.”
Saturday’s ceremony began with the OCHS band playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by a welcome from Kline and the Pledge of Allegiance by senior class historian Kaity Smith.
An invocation was given by senior class secretary Claire True.
Senior class president Courtney Waldrop followed with a welcome and a baccalaureate devotion was given by senior Travis Hearne. The OCHS band then performed “The Great Locomotive.”
Valedictorian Julie Spaulding summed up her feelings with quote from Dr. Seuss.
“Don’t shed a tear because it is over. Smile because it happened,” Spaulding said.
For her, one of the proudest moments the class enjoyed took place when as sophomores, the class defeated the seniors in flag football.
Spaulding also called on her classmates to “keep on keeping on.”
Salutatorian Brandon Slusher praised his classmates for their dedication and resiliency.
“This class knows how to work, knows how to strive,” Slusher said.
Spaulding also gave a benediction at the end of the ceremony.
“Julie and Brandon both gave fun speeches that were humorous and light,” Kline said. “… I just want to wish (the class) the very best and God’s blessings as they go forward. They are really a fine group of people who will go on and do great things.”