54 graduate from Alcona High

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Elliot Dubuque, valedictorian, addresses the Class of 2019 in the auditorium of Alcona Community High School on Friday.

LINCOLN — Fifty-four graduates from Alcona Community High School will move on to another chapter in their lives.

The students, their parents, teachers and loved ones crowded into the school’s auditorium for the commencement ceremony on Friday.

Students and parents were welcomed to the graduation ceremony by Dan O’Connor, superintendent of Alcona Community Schools, who told them the Class of 2019 is “unique” and “has a lively spirit.”

Principal Edwin Barber also addressed the crowd.

Salutatorian Matt Warner and Valedictorian Elliot Dubuque addressed their classmates for the last time. During their speeches, Warner and Dubuque thanked everyone who helped them make it to graduation, including their parents, loved ones, teachers, administrators, and coaches..

“We’re all grateful to belong to a wonderful community,” Warner said.

Congratulating his classmates, Dubuque told them that every single one of them “deserves this.”

Class President Abigail Franklin reminisced about how quickly their education went. Looking back, Franklin said, it seemed like yesterday they were running around on the playground but “here we are,” she said, ready to get their diplomas and start a new chapter.

“To the graduating class of 2019, I wish you the best,” she told her classmates.

Alcona’s graduates of the Class of 2019 have many plans for future. Twenty-nine of them plan to go to college, 15 of them will complete apprenticeship programs or directly enter the workforce, and four of them will serve in the military.

One student was undecided.

Two foreign exchange students, Lucrezia Lago-Birollo and Yaiza Marquerie, who graduated with the class, will return to Italy and Spain, respectively.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.