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Breaking up is hard to do: Edgerton students graduate

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Sunday, June 7, 2015

EDGERTON—The Class of 2015 has officially broken up with Edgerton High School.

It had nothing to do with the school and everything to do with the students. It was time for them to move on.

On Sunday, 93 seniors crossed the stage to get their diplomas in the high school gym. Here are some highlights:


Ellen Converse started her speech by thanking her parents, “Scott and Jill Converse, the most loving, supportive and best-looking people I've ever known.”

Then she encouraged her classmates to spend some time reflecting on the “special someone” with whom they had been in a “Facebook official” relationship.

What followed was a love letter from the class to Edgerton High School, chronicling the giddy ups and downs of their time together.

From those moments in middle school, when high school seemed “way out of our league,” to freshmen year, “when we spend days together laughing, learning and growing.”

“We showed you off to all our friends, thinking, 'Yeah, you know it. It's OK to be jealous,'” Converse said.

During junior year, the relationship got more difficult as students started taking more challenging classes.

Finally, during senior year, students began to think about how hard it would be to leave the “relationship” in June.

“You taught us to be true to ourselves, to work hard in everything we do,” Converse said. “Above all, you taught us to be the best versions of ourselves.”

But now it was time to go.

“We're breaking up with you, Edgerton High School,” Converse said. “It's not you; it's us. So EHS, don't be sad that our relationship is over. …We will never forget you.”


Edgerton Superintendent Dennis Pauli told students that whatever happens in the future, it would be important to remember that “failure was an important part of success.” 

A newspaper editor once fired Walt Disney, saying, “He lacked imagination, and he had no good ideas,” Pauli said.

Michael Jordan missed more than 9,000 shots and lost 300 games, but he is still considered one of the best basketball players in history.

Bottom line?

“Whatever your post-graduation plans are, dare to dream risky dreams,” Pauli said. “A dream that doesn't hold the potential for failure isn't worth dreaming because it doesn't produce excitement. It is the potential element of possible failure that produces the tension that generates energy to strive to accomplish the impossible.”


Teresa Janusz held up a tablet computer during the cermony so Jaid Downing, who is stationed in the Middle East with the Air Force, could see the events unfold.

Jaid's sister, Jana Downing, graduated Sunday.

Last updated: 6:06 pm Sunday, June 7, 2015

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