Oregon High graduates 91
OREGON – The Oregon School District granted diplomas to 91 graduating seniors Sunday at the Blackhawk Center.
“They are the ultimate example of our district’s Four Pillars of academics, service, achievement and leadership,” OHS Principal Heidi Deininger said.
Deininger acknowledged the myriad honors the class received, including student grade point averages, National Honor Society membership, entering the Armed Forces and ROTC, Silver Service Award for a cumulative 13,116 hours of community service and even blood donations.
All that in addition to winning roughly $600,000 in scholarships.
Of the 91 seniors, 30 met the criteria in one of more of these categories.
“There are members of the state choir and band, as well as highly awarded artists,” Deininger said. “They brought home the first-ever girls track conference title and first-ever girls soccer regional title, and have not one, but two wrestlers finish third in the state.”
The seniors also helped put OHS in the state and national spotlight with their social enterprise businesses – Oregon is one of the few high schools in the nation with such a program.
“They are good human beings, hard-working individuals and something for this community to be proud of,” Deininger said.
Lora Stevens McKee gave a brief commencement address, while senior reflections were done by Isabelle Nelson and Christina Tranchina.
“We have experienced highs and lows that got us where we are now – the most important day of our lives,” Tranchina said.
In a new tradition, the Class of 2019 selected as its guest speaker a district staff member who influenced them, in this case, sixth-grade teacher Nate Rogers.
“I’m impressed and amazed from the growth since they were 11-12-year-olds,” said Rogers, a 1997 OHS grad himself. “When we had you in sixth grade, we could tell the whole class had a great bond.”