Grads urged to go 'all in'


THUMBS UP for graduates Kim Ross Baethge and Eric Balero as they lead the professional line during Friday night graduation ceremonies at FHS Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

With “a new chapter, yet an uncertain future,” Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Seth Studebaker urged classmates to not be afraid to fail, but be defined by their resiliency.

Studebaker led the 227-member class of graduates through commencement at FHS Stadium on Friday evening, a day after school officially dismissed for the summer.

“Years from now, we’ll be disappointed more by the things we didn’t do,” he said, challenging classmates to experience life, yet make good choices and set the best priorities.

Retiring FHS Principal Lynn Blackwell said the number represented the largest-ever class, and an exceptional one where grades were concerned.

“Of the 227, we had 30 with a 100 grade-point average or higher,” he said. “Also, 55 percent finished some type of higher education courses while in high school. Forty-seven percent were in advanced placement courses, and 52 percent were NHS members.”

Blackwell said the class also won more than $900,000 in scholarships.

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