2014 De Smet High School graduates prepare for the future

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Graduation was May 10 for 25 members of the De Smet High School class of 2014.

Junior class attendants were Kelli Aughenbaugh, Cylie Pastian, Andrea Pommer and Andrea Schubloom.


Ashley Flood gave the invocation.


Co-salutatorians Julianna Albrecht and Grayson Gruenhagen teamed up to give the salutary address.  Albrecht and Gruenhagen have attended school in De Smet since preschool, and told many memories and amusing anecdotes about their classmates.  Both girls said the music trip to Washington, D.C., and New York city their sophomore year brought everyone closer as a class. Gruenhagen said the 2013 state B basketball tournament, when their team brought home the second-place trophy, was a highlight of her high school years.


In her valedictory address, Taylor Schoenfelder thanked her parents and three older brothers for everything they taught her.


“I had a goal to outdo my brothers in academics — mission accomplished,” she said.


Schoenfelder concluded her speech with this quote from Mother Teresa.


“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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