Have your own philosophies, stay true to yourself and persevere.
Newton High School student Faye Smith delivered this message to the 221 other listed graduating seniors at the Newton High School graduation held Sunday afternoon at Fischer Field.
“If you don’t go after what you want you’ll never get it, if you don’t ask, the answer is always no and if you don’t step forward you’re always in the same place,” she concluded in her speech to the soon-to-be-graduating class of 2019.
Following, Newton’s graduates walked across the stage to the applause, whistles and sometimes air horns bleets of friends and family in the audience to receive diplomas from Board of Education President Matt Treaster.
Both Principal Lisa Moore and Superintendent Deb Hamm addressed the students providing them inspiration and well wishes in the future.
“We’re proud and thankful for the many ways you’ve made a difference in this community and beyond,” Hamm said as she spoke about distinguished Newton graduates and passed on advice from figures such as Harriet Tubman.
“Whatever your dreams are today, have the strength to make them a reality and the patience to stay the course, no matter the obstacles along the way,” she said.
Throughout the ceremony Newton High School Band directed by Greg Bergman provided musical accompaniment, playing the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” processional, as well as Rough Riders, the Alma Mater, and the Recessional .
This year’s class motto read “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
And what a present it was with the rain and thunderstorms of Saturday history, and perfect weather greeting USD 373’s newly minted graduates. At the end of the ceremony, a train whistle could be heard as graduates’ hats filled the bright-blue Newton sky.
* At the ceremony the district honored past graduates Kim Le, Richard Glover and Susan Koehn. Le is a distinguished animator apart of Emmy award winning teams.
Glover has served as a long time family physician for the city of Newton. Koehn served as valedictorian, and held various positions throughout the community establishing and continuing the success of the Carriage Factory Art Gallery and being named Newton Woman of the Year.