A perfect spring evening was the backdrop as Lebanon High School honored the 271 members of the class of 2018 on Tuesday, June 5.
The ceremony began with the school's Junior ROTC team presenting the colors followed by a sterling rendition of the national anthem by the LHS choir.
Principal Brad Shreve noted that this is the 60th anniversary of the first class to graduate from the school's current campus. He also noted that the 271 graduates make up a large class whose numbers have been reinforced by an improving graduation rate.
The event was highlighted by the speeches of the the valedictorians: Zoya Altuhova, Lauren Christie, Mya Corbett, Kevin Crowell, Brianna Marquez, Sarah Munk, Alexis O'Hara, Trevor Reid and Tyler Suing.
Altuhova plans to attend Western Washington University and major in chemistry; Christie plans to attend Hawaii Pacific, major in biochemistry and play volleyball; Corbett plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in nursing; Crowell plans to attend Pacific University where he will major in physical therapy and play baseball; Marquez also plans to attend Pacific University, major in biology and play volleyball; and Munk plans to attend Willamette University and double major in environmental biology and Spanish.
O'Hara, Reid and Suing each plan to attend Oregon State University with O'Hara majoring in accounting, Reid in particle physics and Suing in political science.
The valedictorians expressed thankfulness to school staff, parents and friends for the assistance they received along the way.
Suing thanked his mother for driving him to zero hour weightlifting every morning when he was a freshman and sophomore and didn't yet have his license. Crowell thanked baseball coach Jeff Stolsig for challenging him to "be a better student, a better athlete and a better person."
And Brianna Marquez paid a solemn tribute to former LHS math teacher Jerol Selby.
Marquez said Selby saw the potential in each student and made them feel as if there was no limit to what they could accomplish.
"You are the best of the best, the cream of the crop," Marquez recalled him saying.
Several of the graduates plan to enter military service. Cooper Brooks received an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Isaac James-Pulkownik, Connor Underwood, and Alec Yanik have each signed formal commitments to enter the armed forces.
Jordan Bass, Emily Boatsman, Destry Brooks, Alan Carver, Connor Cary, Hunter Franco, Dustin Harrington, Dillion King, Makayla Klym, Tyler Lamm, Peter Larsen, Isabella Ondesko, and Bradley Redifer stated their intentions to enter the service.
Overall, the graduates received $119,446 in local scholarship money. This does not include awards received from the colleges and universities they will be attending.