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82 graduate from ELC in 2017

By Staff | May 23, 2017

Jose Saavedra

A number of people in attendance at the 2017 graduation of Estherville Lincoln Central High School have followed broken roads to get to where they are today. Distinguished alumnus Dale Breuer told the class, “It’s a gift to be an ELC Midget.”

People often discount, underestimate, and write off this school, Breuer said.

The advantage of being underestimated by others, Breuer said, is that with hard work, dedication, and persistence, any of the graduates, and any of us, can come from behind and achieve things no one ever expected.

Breuer, on behalf of the ELC Foundation, presented the Foundation scholarship to Gabriella Nicole Heckard.

Co-valedictorian Kevin Dong captured the audience’s attention with his crowd-warming opening, “Let’s hear some noise from the class of 2017!” he bellowed.

The crowd gave speaker Dale Breuer a standing ovation

Dong said he would not have wanted to attend any school but ELC, recounted humorous stories that carried throughout high school, shouted out to some of his friends for their challenging and noble future plans, and said to the rest of the class, “I love you all.”

Salutatorian Gracie Schnell gave a welcome that included gratitude for the lessons imparted by teachers and administration at the school, and also for the parents.

Co-valedictorian Bridget Finley shared some great moments and funny anecdotes about the class through their years of school.

The senior ensemble sang “Wherever I Go,” By Adam Watts.

The class colors were red and white. The class flower, the white daisy. The class chose a quote from C.S. Lewis as their class motto: There are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind.”

Trevor Shryock

Brenden Duer

Jace Hobmeier