FAIRBORN – Friends, family, and community members gathered on Sunday to celebrate the Wayne High School Class of 2017. Wayne held its commencement exercise at the Ervin J. Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University.
“Seniors, graduation marks the end of a chapter in your life and the beginning of another,” Superintendent Sue Gunnell said. “You will follow different paths into the future that may include higher education, the military or the world of work.
“Take the opportunity today to reflect on your accomplishments and to thank those who helped you along the way; your family, teachers, coaches, staff and friends.
“Remember your class motto which states ‘Forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.’”
Gunnell also thanked the graduate’s families.
“Thank you for the support and encouragement you provided that has made it possible for your sons/daughters to reach this milestone today,” she said.
Principal Jeffrey Berk congratulated the class on the Wayne Twitter account.
“Congratulations Class of 2017 for earning over $3.8 million in scholarships,” he said.
Rebecca Reese was the class Valedictorian and Ashley Flohre was the Salutatorian.
“I’ve had a lot of really great teachers and a lot of really difficult classes,” said Reese. “Wayne gives you so many opportunities because you can be in track and band and be valedictorian, and you get all of those different things combined so it makes you a person who can handle stress and have time management.”
Flohre agrees, adding that “There’s so much diversity here and you definitely learn how to talk to different people and learn how to cooperate with them. You can do so many different things at once here.”
After graduation, both girls plan on attending Wright State University. Reese will be studying biochemistry and molecular biology. She wants to study personalized medicine and perform research related to Parkinson’s Disease or various cancers.
Flohre plans on majoring in behavior and neuroscience with the goal of becoming a pediatric psychiatrist.
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