Ninety students graduate from DCHS

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Thomas Crisafulli, left, and Kane Knudson shared the valedictorian title for the DCHS Class of 2019.

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Class of 2019

The Dawson County High School Class of 2019 graduated on Sunday, May 19, putting an end to their high school days and beginning the next stage of their lives. The event was a time of joy and hope for the future, as well as the best opportunity for Superintendent Stephen Schreibeis and DCHS Principal Wade Murphy to get a quick selfie.

In total, 90 students graduated, 23 of which completed the Honor’s Curriculum.

The ceremony featured performances from the DCHS band and Symphonic Choir and a commencement speech from Sandy Stinnett, a member of the local Masonic Lodge.

Stinnett used his time to emphasize how their time in high school has prepared the graduates for the future.

“You just spent 12 years, maybe in Glendive and maybe at other schools, and just reached the first achievement in your lives and that’s graduation from high school. It might have been difficult, but life is hard. You’re going to have obstacles and you’re gonna have to find a way to get around them,” Stinnett said.

Stinnett also shared some stories about some of the obstacles he has faced in his life, explaining that it was the people around him that helped him get to where he is, sending a message to the graduates to be thankful for the people in their lives.

The valedictory address was delivered by not one, but two valedictorians as Thomas Crisafulli and Kane Knudson shared the honor.

Crisafulli was the first of the two to speak, taking the time to congratulate his classmates on how far they’d come and reminding them wherever they go, to remember the time they spent together.

“Some of us may go on to college, to trade school or straight into the work force. Whatever you do, find your passion and remember, we’ll always share a bond,” Crisafulli said.

Knudson used his speech as an opportunity to remind his classmates that who they were in high school doesn’t have to define who they will be for the rest of their lives

“You can completely start over when you go to college. Jocks can become nerds, nerds can become jocks. Somebodies can become nobodies and nobodies can become somebodies, it all depends on how you want things to turn out,” Knudson said.

Both of them also took time to thank teachers, administrators and friends that they said helped them get through their school years.

The remainder of the top 10 percent of the Class of 2019 included Antonio Canderlaria, Hayden Kunhardt, Julie Kerr, Courtney Nagle, Trey Dempewolf, Brian Frank and Amber Sickler.

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