Editor’s note: Graduation caps flew into the air at Fairview, Sidney and Lambert this weekend. We will have photos of the Lambert graduation in Sunday’s edition. In the meantime, here are a some shots from Sidney and Fairview. We'll share more in a photogallery soon.
Michael Calvert is on his way to Billings where he’ll study to be an electrician, while Wei Ni Ku is headed back to Taiwan to redo her senior year in her homeland, after which she hopes to become a flight attendant. These were just a few of the graduates from Sidney and Fairview with bright smiles and plans for their future after graduation ceremonies were held at their respective schools.
Wei Ni Ku, a foreign exchange student attending Sidney High School, was headed back home Monday. She said she loved her time in America and hopes her friends will remember her and come visit her in Taiwan some day.
She promised to feed her friends Monday afternoon prior to heading out. Their requests were for chicken feet, shu mai and milk tea.
Her favorite part of the experience were the football games, but she said every day she woke up excited to go to school in America.
Sidney High School had four valedictorians. They were Aubrey Kessel, Skylar Petrik, Shelby Reidle and Sarah Turek. The Salutatorian was Tenna Cooley.
Fairview’s valedictorian, meanwhile, was Cole Berry and salutatorian was Katelyn Mocko.
All the valedictorians and salutatorians had mapped out big plans for the future as well.
Kessel will study bioengineering at MSU Bozeman, Reidle is headed to Concordia where she’ll pursue a double major in biology and history and Cooley is headed for MSU Billings, where she’ll study nursing.
Mocko is going to MSU Bozeman to study family consumer science. Rather than teach, however, she plans to pair that with a law degree. Cole, too, will seek a law degree, by way of a business, finance degree.
The salutatorians’ and valedictorians’ advice to those they leave behind included work hard, get involved, persist in overcoming obstacles.
Administrators in Sidney characterized the class of 2016 as tight-knit, while in Fairview, where the administration was new, they felt their 2016 class had a lot of personality.
“They made the best of their time,” school principal Rick Miller said.
“They were a really great bunch of kids,” guidance counselor Tanya Garsso said.