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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Flora, Clay City, North Clay High Schools bid farewell to class of 2011

  • A new chapter of life has begun for the seniors of all three Clay County High Schools this weekend, as all of the school's held graduation exercises.Clay City started the weekend out with its High School Graduation held Friday night at 8 p.m. Next was North Clay High School at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fin...
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  • A new chapter of life has begun for the seniors of all three Clay County High Schools this weekend, as all of the school's held graduation exercises.
    Clay City started the weekend out with its High School Graduation held Friday night at 8 p.m. Next was North Clay High School at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Finally, Flora High School's graduation tied the weekend up at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    Clay City's class of 2011 featured Cassandra Lybarger as their salutatorian and Katelyn Hosselton as their valedictorian.
    Hosselton's speech centered around around sticking with your dreams through thick and thin.
    "Failures are never reasons to give up on a dream," said Hosselton. She then went through examples of the early failures of those who would later excel in their fields.
    "Clint Eastwood was fired by Universal Studios for talking too slowly. Clint Eastwood didn't give up on his dreams," said Hosselton, "Never give up on yours."
    North Clay High School's Saturday graduation featured Natalie Yates as salutatorian and Morgan Healy as valedictorian.
    "We have made it through the ups and downs of high school together, as one," said Healy. "I hope that we will continue to lean on each other as we embark on our future."
    Flora High School's graduation featured Kristen Poole as salutatorian and Kelsie Hostettler as valedictorian.
    "No matter how hard we try, we cannot look back. We've dreamed of this moment forever and now the day has arrived," said Poole, "We will never forget the wolfpack of Flora High School."
    Hostettler's speech recognized the contributions of families, teachers and other guides in their progress.
    "Soon each and every one of us will be announced, will walk across the stage and receive a diploma, as everyone applauds us for our achievement," said Hostettler, "But it wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and support of teachers and family."
    Hostettler then called for a round of applause for those who have helped the seniors get to where they are.
    High School may be over for these seniors but tomorrow is the next day of the rest of their lives. Congratulations to Clay County's Class of 2011.
    "This is what we have been preparing for these last four years," said North Clay Salutatorian Natalie Yates. "Now is not the time to be sad, but the time to rejoice. Nothing can break our bonds to each other and to this school."

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