Milaca High School salutes class of 2013

School Board member Todd Quaintance congratulates Hunter Foss as he receives his diploma.
School Board member Todd Quaintance congratulates Hunter Foss as he receives his diploma.

It was a proud day as parents, family and friends watched their Milaca High School seniors graduate last Friday evening at the school.

Class Vice President Magan Kolb welcomed all those gathered that night after a performance by the Milaca High School band, directed by Andrew Nelson.

“We are thankful for all you have done for us,” Kolb told the many parents and teachers packed in the main gymnasiums.

Choir Director Laura Odden led the members of the Chorus in Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” which included lyrics such as: “I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly; Though it’s not easy to tell you goodbye; I gotta take a risk; Take a chance; Make a change; And breakaway.”

Afterward, Class President Miles Larson and Student Council President Clair Coffee shared their favorite memories during their time at Milaca High School.

“There’s a lot ahead of us, but behind us is a lot of memories we’ll carry with us for the rest of our lives,” Larson said.

He and Coffee went back and forth recalling humorous moments with their classmates.

“Remember field trips to Kelly Farm? Some of us still think it’s haunted,” Larson said. “Remember when we were told we’d use cursive for the rest of our lives?”

“All of these memories make up most of our lives,” Coffee added. “As we leave Milaca, we’ll make some of our own.”

Milaca Scholarship Foundation’s Ken Bergstrom thanked the many area businesses and individuals who made this year’s scholarship fund of $61,000 available to 62 graduates possible.

“These scholarships are a reflection of the high value our  community places on education,” he said.

Bergstrom also took a moment to honor recently passed Thora Allen, who was a longtime member of the MSF Board.

“For more than 20 years, she was a prominent and influential member of the Milaca Scholarship Foundation,” Bergstrom said. “Her example of community service is one we all should follow.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, May 30 print edition of the Times.