The Oshkosh Area School District graduated 696 seniors at commencement ceremonies for both Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North on Sunday, June 3 at the Menominee Nation Arena, at Noon and 3:30 p.m.
In addressing the Class of 2018, Superintendent Stan Mack II reminded graduates that this accomplishment is a reflection of their hard work and incredible growth, as well as a testament to the hopes and dreams of parents, guardians, friends and countless educators who have supported them each step of the way.
“My wish for each of you is that you continue to grow in skills, knowledge, vision, and humanity,” stated Superintendent Stan Mack II. “Remember each and every day that the hopes and dreams that your parents had for you are now yours. From now on you need to create them and make them uniquely yours, tailored for you, by you. Your task in life is to take charge and to make your dreams come true. My best to you and your families as you celebrate this commencement into the next stage of life.”
Oshkosh West High School graduated 432 students. This year, the Oshkosh West Commencement Ceremony featured a group speech by the school’s eight valedictorians. Instead of competing for class speaker, these students requested the opportunity to prepare and deliver their address collectively.
Oshkosh West’s eight valedictorians deliver a collective address during the June 3 Commencement Ceremony.
The students shared memories of what it means to be a W-I-L-D-C-A-T and included inspiring reflections on the Wildcat Way, integrity, leadership, dedication, creativity, acceptance, and thankfulness. The 2018 Oshkosh West High School Valedictorians and student speakers are as follows:
- Kynda Alzoubi daughter of Ammar and Rizkieh Alzoubi
- Carly Coons daughter of Lindsay and Julie Coons
- Kylie Hibbs daughter of Brian and Stephanie Hibbs
- Lily Jaeger daughter of Randall and Teresa Jaeger
- Amelia Reed daughter of Gregory and Amy Reed
- Madeline Smith daughter of Danny and Nanette Smith
- Haley Stueber daughter of Robert and Pamela Stueber
- Sophie Zook daughter of Kenneth and Deirdre Zook
The 2018 Oshkosh West High School Salutatorian is Jacey Morgan daughter of Trent and Laure Morgan. Cassandra Laibly, Student Government President, served as the Oshkosh West Mistress of Ceremonies.
Oshkosh North High School graduated 264 students. The Oshkosh North Commencement Ceremony featured class speaker, Akiwele Burayidi. Akiwele was selected after auditioning for the honor, an opportunity open to all graduating seniors and a long-standing tradition at Oshkosh North High School. Akiwele reflected on the unique differences, as well as the incredible accomplishments of her fellow Spartans. Reminding her classmates that the one thing they will always have in common is that they are Spartans and that their Spartan pride will continue to follow them, wherever they go.
The ceremony also featured a heartfelt address from Mr. Tim Buerger, a science teacher at Oshkosh North. Another tradition at North, Mr. Buerger was voted by the senior class to speak on behalf of North faculty. Mr. Buerger reminded the Class of 2018 that each and every one of them will change the world by simply “being good” and offered them the simple yet powerful advice to be kind, to be considerate, and to love.
The 2018 Oshkosh North High School Valedictorians are as follows:
- Isaac Bock son of Norman and Kristin Bock
- Taylor Brittnacher daughter of William and Kris Brittnacher
- Allison Eierman daughter of Timothy and Stacey Eierman
- Nya Karner daughter of John and Julie Karner
- Claire Laufer daughter of Christopher Laufer and Jennifer Norden
- Ruby Salbego daughter of Nicholas and Margaret Salbego
The 2018 Oshkosh North High School Salutatorian is Sydney Knepfel daughter of Kim and Mary Knepfel. Ruby Salbego served as the Oshkosh North Mistress of Ceremonies.
In addition to this year’s student speakers, the Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North Class of 2018 heard from Principal Erin Kohl and Principal Jacqueline Schleicher, respectively, as well as Superintendent Stan Mack II.
About the OASD: The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. Building community through education, the mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.
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