Class of 2014 makes exit at fair grounds

Madison Ray waves hello to friends and family and a new chapter in her life while also saying goodbye on Friday night as she prepares to join fellow Fredericksburg High School Class of 2014 members in graduation ceremonies at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. More photos from the FHS commencement on page C1 of this week's edition. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartman —

Fredericksburg High School valedictorian Mattie Lastovica on Friday night challenged her classmates to “… discover your passion, turn it into a dream and go get it.”

Lastovica led the FHS Class of 2014 through commencement ceremonies at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday evening.

“I challenge you to take that one thing you love most and pursue it with every ounce of blood, sweat and tears in your body,” Lastovica said. “I challenge you to search deep within yourself and find the childhood devotion to your interests and dreams.”

This year’s senior class totaled 221 students, and Friday night’s ceremony opened with the playing of the class song, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

Class members processed in while the FHS Band, under the direction of John Rauschuber, played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The FHS Naval Junior ROTC presented the colors and the FHS varsity choir — Bella Voce — sang the National Anthem.

Student Council president Rebecca Voorhees led her class and the friends and family attending the ceremony in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge.

After the NJROTC cadets posted the colors, senior class president Shelby Bullion offered a moment of reflection before FHS Principal Ralf Halderman provided welcoming remarks and introduced the special guests.

In a sign of the times, salutatorian David Hardin decided to take a “selfie” of the class before delivering his speech.

He opened by joking to those attending that he hoped they had all placed their bets for the horse races that were about to begin.

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