Sauk Centre High School graduated 96 students on Friday, June 1, in the school auditorium. The senior high band played the fanfare and processional as the graduates marched their way to the center stage. The senior high choir took it from there and sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Superintendent Patrick Westby opened with a welcoming message followed by a senior slide show presentation created by senior Ayden Berg.

Afterwards, principal Sheila Flatau introduced this year’s valedictorian, Maesyn Thiesen, and salutatorian Mackenzie Schmiesing.

The two addressed the audience, reflecting back on the class motto quoted by Dr. Seuss: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Each student touched upon memories from the past, living in the present and striving for the future.

Thiesen is a three-sport athlete involved in basketball, track & field and volleyball. Her favorite sport to play is basketball. 

In the fall, she will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in human biology. When she wasn’t playing sports, she had to find time to fit in school work.

Her favorite subjects in school are math and science. 

“I want to be an orthodontist someday,” she said. 

Schmiesing was also a three-sport athlete involved in volleyball, softball and basketball. She was also involved in Captains and Leaders and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“There wasn’t a lot of free time because of practice, so I had to stay focused,” she said.

Her favorite class in high school was math.

“Mr. Bergman was my teacher,” she said. “It was a college class, so there was more preparing to do and more tests to take in relation to a traditional high school class.”

Schmiesing will be attending Moorhead State University in the fall to major in accounting.

She is interested in playing volleyball there, but is still undecided.

The program continued as the senior choir members performed, “A Million Dreams” by Mac Huff. 

There was a teacher response, delivered by Bryan Olson, who has just retired after 34 years of teaching at Sauk Centre High School.

The induction of graduates and presentation of diploma took place followed by a recessional played by the senior high band.

Following the ceremony, a receptions with cake and punch available was held in the multipurpose room for all who attended. 

A lock-in was held at Sauk Centre High School for the graduates following the program in the senior high gym and the cafeteria.