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Sturgis Brown graduates 130

May 21, 2019

STURGIS — A coating of snow on green grass on high school graduation day Sunday seemed only fitting for the Sturgis Brown High School Class of 2019. These are the students who spent most of their seventh-grade year attending classes at a local church because the weight of snow from an early fall blizzard in 2013 collapsed the roof at Sturgis Williams Middle School. Class speaker Karissa Munger said she and her classmates are better for the experience. “We became a family, despite our differences. I mean, we basically were forced to bond with each other going to school in a church. I remember us complaining all the time because we just wanted our school back, but I bet every single one of us would like to go back for just one day to reminisce about the fond memories we all shared,” Munger said. Speaker Anna Hale told her fellow graduates that the last four years have been an incredible experience. “I am grateful to have spent them with all of you, and to be standing here now,” she said. The most important lessons learned during the last four years have not been about math, science, or English, but about how to make mistakes and be resilient in the face of failure, Hale said. “We should not be afraid to make mistakes in the future, because that is how we gain the most meaningful life experience,” she said. “All the new experiences and adventures we will encounter because of our mistakes are worth so much more than our pursuit of perfection.” Madison Karrels offered the Class of 2019 poem during the commencement ceremony. She encouraged her fellow graduates to embrace the challenges ahead and love the lazy days in bed. “Always stop and stare at the sunsets. Never be afraid of a good bet, and be the best you,” Karrels said. Superintendent Jeff Simmons took time to thank faculty, administrators, counselors, support staff and everyone who helped in the education of the Class of 2019. “I know that you are extremely proud of them and of their accomplishments,” he said. Principal Pete Wilson told graduates to go out and make their dreams come true. “I want to personally thank you and congratulate you on a job well done,” he said. “Good luck in your future. I wish you all the best.” There were 130 SBHS graduates Sunday. The class flower was a spider mum with red tips, and the class song was “A Million Dreams,” from the movie The Greatest Showman.

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