40 students receive diplomas during Rogers City graduation
ROGERS CITY — On Sunday, Rogers City High School held its graduation for the class of 2023.
Held inside the school’s gymnasium, the event saw 40 students receive their diplomas for graduation from high school.
The event started with the graduates making their way to their seats in the front of the gym in pairs of two while the Rogers City High school band played “Pomp and Circumstance”. Once all the students were at their seats the band played the “Star Spangled Banner” and then “Alma Mater”. After that the graduates who played in the band joined their bandmates one last time to play “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic for everyone in attendance.
Once that was completed Rogers City Superintendent Nicholas Hein introduced President of the Rogers City Area Schools Board of Directors Dr. Gregory Zurakowski for acknowledgment of the students.
In his speech, Zurakowski congratulated the students on what they have overcome as well as encouraged them to always look forward to the future.
“The course of your life is not set by discrete events from your past,” Zurakowski said in his speech to the graduating class. “You get to choose that course each and every day and you get to choose how you see yourself. Congratulations to the class of 2023, we are proud of you beyond words.”
After Zurakowski completed their speech, Salutatorian Alyssa Hein was called up to give a speech to her class. She was then followed by Valedictorian Mallary Tosch who also gave a speech.
“I hope that we can all look back at our time together and think about how lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” Tosch said in a speech to her classmates. “Congratulations to the Class of 2023, we did it.”
After that speech the graduates were called up and presented with their diplomas by Zurakowski.