Thursday, May 28, 2009

Naperville Sun - "Naperville Central Graduation"


How many students graduated: 780.

Top students: Michael Ashley and Nitin Goyal tied at No. 1. The No. 2 slot was earned by Renee Cheng.

Honors: 62 Excellence in Education Award recipients; 154 National Honor Society (two years); 16 National Honors Society (one year); 98 High Honors (seven semesters); 293 Honors (seven semesters); 110 National Foreign Language Honors Society; 18 Quill and Scroll; 16 International Thespian Society; seven National Forensics League; 23 National Merit Scholars; 16 joining armed forces.

Commencement highlights: The senior choir started it off by singing the "Star-Spangled Banner." Steve Richards, class vice president, presented the class gifts, which were raising for the American Cancer Society.

Quotes: Graduating senior Bill Erlain gave the opening reflection: "The voice that conveys motions, beliefs and identity. It's who we are. ... Many people are content for their entire lives to compromise with their voice. Let's be the lucky few who live our voices. Do what scares you. Do what terrifies you and your voice will become strong."

Allison Rzepczynski, senior class president, thanking parents, friends, teachers and staff members: "You showed us it's OK to live to learn and you guided us in the process of setting goals."

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