Senior Celebration

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Honoring the OCHS class of 2011

By Molly Haines

Hundreds filled the gymnasium at Owen County High School Saturday to watch 99 students receive one last round of applause as the graduating class of 2011.
The 2011 class president Gray Grisham opened the ceremony and welcomed the guests.
Brittany DeCandia delivered the devotional.
Following an introduction by Danielle Hoop, the class valedictorians Krista Power and Morgan Forsee took their fellow classmates on a walk down memory lane with a list of 10 lessons learned during their time at OCHS.
The list included remembering to tie their shoes, because you never know when you will need to escape bomb threats; remembering to not get too attached to your administrators, because they won’t stick around long; remembering to be sneaky when getting a pop out of the teachers’ lounge, for Mr. Hagg will catch you almost every time; and remembering  to never park in the front parking lot, because you will get towed.
The two advised their classmates to keep memories of Owen County close to their hearts. And they said no matter what path they may take, they will always remember what Ronnie Dunavent said, “American by birth, Christians by faith and Rebels by the grace of God.”
Following his first year at OCHS, Principal Danny Osborne said he felt he likely learned more from this year’s graduating class than they learned from him.
“I have to say it was a very diverse group of young men and women,” Osborne said. “I think that I learned as much from them, probably more-so than what they learned from me, in terms of culture and the mindset of a typical teenager.”
Osborne said throughout the school year, he warned the class of the challenges they will face once leaving high school.
“A lot of times as you get older, you assume more responsibility in life,” Osborne said. “I tried to talk to them and relay that after they leave the confines of the high school they’re going to be expected to do more on their own. I always told them that I could sum up the secret to success in 10 words or less, ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’ Which means no one else is going to accept responsibility for them. I hope that if nothing else, I created a sense of urgency to assume responsibilities.”
This was Osborne’s first high school graduation as a principal, he said.
“It’s always hard to see kids go,” Osborne said. “Being a teacher or an administrator is so much more than academics. These kids share their hopes and dreams with you and you create a bond. Any time you see them leave, a little part of you goes with them.”