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Milton High's graduation a milestone in more ways than one

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Frank Schultz
Sunday, June 5, 2016

MILTON—The Class of 2016 was the 50th class to graduate from the existing high school building, Principal Jeremy Bilhorn noted during Milton High School's graduation Sunday.

Many of the female graduates in front of Bilhorn had decorated their mortarboards, often with the names of the colleges they will attend. One mortarboard thanked dad, mom and coffee.

No male mortarboard decoration was noted.

The wind and the sound system conspired to make it difficult to hear the proceedings, but the atmosphere was appropriately joyful.

Some sights and sounds of the day:


Bursts of wind got under a number of mortarboards, blowing them off the graduates' heads.

Honor graduate Brianna Benson apologized at the beginning of her speech for the likely event that her head covering would take flight during her speech.

It did.

Benson told her fellow grads not to sweat their decisions.

“Every decision means a lot in the moment but little in the greater scheme of things,” she said.


Brody Hall credited French teacher Alissa Bratz for sending him to college with the goal of working as a diplomat someday.

Bratz coached the French forensics team, which Hall enjoyed immensely.

“She's great. She's like, a kung fu master, speaks like seven languages. She's my favorite teacher. She had just a great influence on me,” he said.


Hunter Frey plans to join the Navy and become a Seabee, but he has to wait until he gets his braces out, in about a year.

Also planning to join the military was Mike Cadd. He plans to work for a year and then join the National Guard, he said.

Cadd wore his wrestling singlet underneath his robe and thought about stripping off the robe after receiving his diploma, but when the time came, he maintained decorum.


Bryce Retzlaff gave the second honor-graduate speech. He advised students to take their life decisions into their own hands and out of the hands of advisers, teachers and coaches.

But Retzlaff saluted those adult guides of the past four years: “Our teachers devoted their lives to making ours more successful and interesting,” he said.


Principal Bilhorn suggested grads should feel obligated to give back to Milton.

“Milton is a community where people get involved. Graduates, you are now a part of that community,” Bilhorn said.

Bilhorn said he hoped Sunday's graduates would be people that Milton would be talking about 50 years from now.

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