“Hail to the Blue” …
Merrill High School congratulates 183 graduates
TINA L. SCOTT
The Merrill High School (MHS) Fieldhouse was the site for a traditional coming-of-age ritual in our community last Friday evening. Family and friends gathered to watch high school seniors in caps and gowns accept their diplomas and emerge from the hallowed halls of Merrill High as graduates, ready to take the next step on the journey of life. Some will go on to college or technical college; some will look for a job right out of high school; others may already have a job lined up or step into a new role in their family’s business. For many, the path seems clear; for others it is a bit fuzzy. But each will soon discover their own path, with its unique twists and turns and bumps along the way. Merrill’s teachers, counselors, and parents hope they have prepared them for what they will encounter in the days and years to come.
In addition to hearing from the usual school administrators, those gathered heard words of encouragement from Senior classmate, Camryn Schulz, whose speech, “The Things that Define Us” was selected by staff members for presentation. They also heard words of wisdom from Josh Wilson (MHS social studies teacher) who was selected by the Senior class to give the keynote and who urged graduates to “Begin Your Legacy.”
Music, the Senior slide show, and the moment of truth … when, with diplomas in hand, graduates moved their tassels from one side to the other … and then it was time to “Hail to the Blue” … The 138th commencement exercises at Merrill High School were complete, and the number of MHS graduates had increased by 183 more young people in our community. Congratulations, Class of 2021!