179 graduate from Chase

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

The 179 members of the Chase High School Class of 2013 graduated during a commencement ceremony on Monday.

Graduates celebrated the culmination of their thirteen years of school with friends and family in the Allen Stadium.

The opening speech was given by student Kyle Bingham who talked about coloring outside the lines.

"Thirteen years ago when we embarked on our educational journey armed with crayons, we were not afraid to color outside the lines. During life's journey, we cannot be afraid to explore unmarked territory because happiness can sometimes be found outside the lines," Bingham said. "We are not confined to life as we currently know it. Each of us now must find relationships and careers we enjoy and find fulfilling. We must face each decision without trepidation and with a willingness to step outside the lines. Whatever you choose to do with your life, be happy and passionately follow your dreams."

Ashton Hunt then told the Class of 2013 to take advantage of every moment they are given in the future.

"Class of 2013 take advantage of every moment you are given. If the moment is something positive, enjoy it. If the moment is something that is challenging, learn from it," Hunt said. "Every moment, being a time of excitement or an opportunity for growth, is meant to happen for a reason. Enjoy every moment that you are given with those you love because those moments will eventually become memories."

For her closing speech, Kalei Martinez, senior class president, encouraged classmates to 'use what you have and do what you can.'

"Using what you have go out into the world and make a difference. Some of us may travel far away, some of us may stay, but the difference you make in the world is not defined by where you are. It is defined by what you do," Martinez said. "God has a purpose for all of us and it is our responsibility to fulfill this purpose. Go out and do what you love. Follow your passion and success will follow you."

Presentation of diplomas was done by Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason and principal Greg Lovelace. A fireworks display followed the ceremony.