DHS graduates remember year of highlights

Graduates of the De Soto High School Class of 2011 line up to receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.

Graduates of the De Soto High School Class of 2011 line up to receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. by Laura Herring

The 2011 graduating class from De Soto High School had a senior year for the record books, literally. From football to Scholar's Bowl and everything in between, DHS won titles and set records and the graduates will remember it all.

In front of a gymnasium packed with family, faculty and friends, 136 seniors graduated from DHS on Saturday, May 21.

Of those 136, more than a 25 percent spent all 13 years of their primary and secondary education in De Soto schools. Communications Arts teacher Lisa Pelkey, whose son Josh Ryun was among the graduates Saturday, reminded the Class of 2011 not to forget their roots in the De Soto community.

"As you go on to Acts II and III and beyond of your life, don't forget Act I," she said in her speech. "These people are your foundation and it's a strong one, let it be your guide."

In addition to Pelkey's speech, six members of the senior class spoke, as did English teacher Phillip Hamilton and science teacher Scott Sharp.

As the ceremony came to a close, there was an eruption of confetti and even a lone beach ball as the last member of the class of 2011 received her diploma.

"It feels good to be done," said graduate Keith Hoover. "I feel like I've accomplished something and now it's time to move on to the next part of my life."

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