OSKALOOSA — The members of the Oskaloosa High School Class of 2014 said farewell to their teachers and friends Sunday afternoon as they began the next phase of their lives with commencement.
The Class of 2014 is the 142nd to graduate from Oskaloosa High School.
Oskaloosa Superintendent Russ Reiter told the graduates: “Someone once said, ‘The key to success is hard work and a little luck.’”
The Classs of 2014 has put in the hard work. Reiter recounted the seniors’ success on the athletic field, in the classroom, with the arts and in extra-curricular activities such as robotics.
“Your accomplishments over the last four years are outstanding,” Reiter said.
Reiter told the seniors not to sacrifice their core values, not to sacrifice their integrity and to keep their names clean.
Three members of the Class of 2014 — Naomi Cochran, Taryn Shaw and Jordan Fash — addressed their classmates.
Cochran highlighted the achievements of the senior class, such as athletes competing at state in wrestling and running in the Drake Relays; and students participating in Relay for Life, state speech contest, robotics competitions, and having a top 10 student in the state of Iowa.
She also recounted some anecdotes of the little things that happen in students’ lives that make high school memorable. She thanked parents, teachers and faculty, and fellow classmates for their time in preparing the seniors for the next phase of life.
“As graduates, we face many uncertainties,” she said. However, uncertainty equals opportunity, she added.
Shaw said good high school memories usually involve an element of risk. It can be a risk to go out for a sport or tryout for a school play, she said.
Shaw said she took a risk to tryout for a school play, and three years later, she was glad she did.
“Some of my best memories come from theater,” she said.