Loveland salutes the Class of 2017
The Loveland City School District congratulates the 373 members of the Loveland High School (LHS) Class of 2017, who successfully graduated in a ceremony Saturday, June 3, at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. Of the graduating seniors, 160 received honor diplomas.
“Today my message is a simple one to you Class of 2017 - follow your path,” said Loveland Superintendent Chad Hilliker while speaking to the graduates. “During your time as students at Loveland, you have had plenty of practice following your path. This is the place where you started to explore new interests, make friends, and learn. Many of you participated in band, choir, or strings; you played flag football, joined student council, participated in providing community service, or ran with our Runners Club. Although you might not have been thinking about it, you were developing your future.
“As you traveled your path through our halls - you never gave up. You have taught me the value of giving it your all. Whether in the classroom, on the stage, in robotics competitions, during a concert, or on the athletic field - you gave 100 percent. School hasn’t always been easy, but each of you worked hard to get to the finish line. There are times where things may have stopped the path you were on, but you found a way to overcome the obstacles, develop a new plan, and continue on.”
In addition to the presentation by Superintendent Hilliker, Loveland Board of Education President Dave Blumberg addressed the class, along with Valedictorian Ali Syed, Co-Salutatorian Julia Dillhoff, Co-Salutatorian Rachel Ingal, Class President Jane Pearson, Student Council President Brennan Redslob, and LHS Principal Peggy Johnson.
“In the book The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo, we are enlightened by this phrase: When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” said Johnson in her speech to students. “We know these things are not material things but rather goals for experiencing a well-lived life no matter what path you choose at what age. In essence, THIS IS US. And as you think more THIS IS US than this is me, your world expands in ways that grow your own personal achievement and that of society as a whole.”
Congratulations, Class of 2017! GO TIGERS!
Photo caption: The Loveland High School Class of 2017 graduating Saturday, June 3, in a ceremony on the campus of Xavier University.