Taking the next step
Holcomb graduates 51 in Class of 2013.
By RACHAEL GRAY
HOLCOMB — When USD 363 Holcomb superintendent Jean Rush thinks about the Holcomb High School Class of 2013, two words come to mind — talent and perseverance.
Rush shared her thoughts on the class and offered words of encouragement and advice during the HHS commencement ceremony on Saturday.
She said the class members, of which 51 graduated on Saturday, are talented, whether it's music, academics, drama or athleticism.
And they have learned how to overcome anything.
"You didn't give up. That's an incredible trait," she said.
Rush urged the students to do two things: to come back to Holcomb when they are done with their future studies and accomplishments, and to give back to the community that made them who they are.
"Come back, give back," she said.
Whatever their future holds, Rush said she knows the students will go far. Then, hopefully they will return.
"I'm excited to see where your future takes you," she said.
She thanked the parents, district faculty and community members for helping shape the students' future.
"Without you, none of this is possible," she said.
Rush told the students to enjoy these moments.
"This is the first celebration of your major accomplishments," she said.
Katie Pfeifer, class valedictorian, told her classmates to be the best that they can be.
Pfeifer addressed the class Saturday afternoon, urging students to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. She used a quote from Mahatma Gandhi to illustrate her point.
"Be the change you want to see in the world," she said.
Bethany Pauley, salutatorian, also addressed the class Saturday afternoon, wishing her fellow graduates luck in life.
After the ceremony, Pauley said she was looking forward to the future.
"This means we get to go on and do big things with our lives," she said.
Pauley plans to attend Concordia University in Nebraska and become an oncologist.
Karissa PeÃ±a stood next to Pauley after the ceremony, receiving congratulations and well-wishes from friends, family and community members. "I'm excited to get my future started," she said.
She plans to go to Pratt County Community College to play basketball and wants to become a nurse.
Luis Medina said he's looking forward to the future, but he'll miss his friends.
"I'm really happy, but at the same time sad that I'll miss people," he said.
Medina plans to attend Garden City Community College first, then attend Wichita State University to study aviation.
Holcomb High School Class of 2013 graduates include: Salvador Aldana, Keegan Amos, Misael Banderas, Shane Bennett, Damon Carr, Jeremy Cox, Brice Elliott, Maria de Jesus Garcia, Jonathan Gibbons, Clayton Gilbert, Jentrey Gill, Bertha Granados, Aaron Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Rigoberto Jr. Hernandez, Sarah Hornbaker, Sara Kessler, Dylan Knoll, Brent Komlofske, Alan Landwehr, Ashlee Larrick, Tyler LaSalle, Valerie Lindskog, Eli Mangels, Tate Mason, Matthew McCallister, Luis Medina, Madison Miller, Brenda Orona, Bethany Pauley, Karissa PeÃ±a, Tucker Peterson, Kaitlyn Pfeifer, Kyshia Prieto, Max Ramsey, Taylor Reynolds, Erika Robinson, Ryan Roth, Sean Salas, Madisen Sater, Kalen Savoy, Nichole Seibel, Cameron Smith, Caleb Stewart, Levi Swann, Sandra Thornton, Jackson Turner, Andrew Walck, Hayley Walck, Trey Welch and Madison Witzke.