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SPECIAL SECTION

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Brodhead High School seniors enjoy last get-together

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Jake Magee
Saturday, May 27, 2017

BRODHEAD—It was the last time the Brodhead High School seniors would be together, but judging by the atmosphere, they were ready to take that step.

The Brodhead High School graduates gathered in the school's gymnasium Friday night to say goodbye to their mandatory school years and hello to adulthood and the future.

Here are some scenes from the ceremony.

PRE-GRADUATION JITTERS

A senior in his red gown stood by his car in the parking lot, making sure he had all he needed for the ceremony. Two cans of Silly String sat on the roof, and on the trunk lay his graduation cap.

“Oh no,” he said to himself as the wind pushed the mortarboard off his car and into the parking lot. He quickly recovered it.

Inside, graduates roamed aimlessly through the halls while impatiently waiting for the ceremony to start. Male graduates wore red gowns; their female counterparts donned white ones.

The young sister of a senior did an impromptu tap dance in the lobby, her high heels clicking off the glossy tile. Like the graduates waiting to take the stage, she had plenty of energy to spare.

ENGINEERING A FUTURE

Senior Bobby Wolter, a trumpet player in the band, placed his instrument beneath his chair before the ceremony began. His friend, Jay Strohmenger, accompanied him.

The two want to become engineers. While Strohmenger will go to UW-Platteville next school year, Wolter will first take some general classes at UW-Rock County before joining his friend, they said.

Wolter's father got him interested in engineering.

“My dad's a mechanic, so I'm just kind of into that type of stuff,” he said.

Wolter also picked up the trumpet because his dad played it. Wolter isn't sure he'll keep playing after graduation, though.

“I figured if I'm going play an instrument, he can help me with trumpet,” Wolter said.

The chipper Brooke Malcook made a point to pose for photos with her more timid classmates. It should come as no surprise she wants to study elementary and dance education.

“I'm really excited to see what the future holds,” she said with a grin.

TOGETHER NO MORE

Valedictorian Rachel Nagel and salutatorian Emily Mauerman pointed out the ceremony is probably the last time the class will ever gather together.

“I know we're ready,” Nagel said. “I can feel it, and I know you guys can, too.”

In their speeches, the girls referenced rap battles and other inside jokes only the students and a handful of parents understood. They thanked their families and warned their fellow seniors to “watch out for that freshman 15,” the little bit of weight people tend to gain in their first semesters of college.

Principal Jim Matthys encouraged the seniors to slow down and take time to appreciate the little things in life.

“Lives move on. Lives move forward. Life gets very busy,” he said. “It's OK to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.”

Confetti rained and Silly String flew as the graduates stepped into the future.



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