A time to remember: Commencement celebrates FA Class of ’17

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

Photo by Dennis Mansfield

Caitlyn Gonyer is all smiles after receiving her diploma and then being congratulated by FACS Supt. Joshua Rothwell during Sunday's graduation ceremony at Forest Area High School.

FIFE LAKE – The 30-plus members of the Forest Area High School Class of 2017, along with friends, family and staff, celebrated the end of their high school careers on Sunday, June 24, during the school’s 41st Commencement Exercises.

“We’re here to celebrate a significant accomplishment,” said FAHS principal Lisa Magee. “This is a milestone in your lives.”

Tom Hall, a wrestling standout and Forest Area alumnus, said he remembers using the same classrooms, halls “and even the same textbooks” as those getting their diplomas on Sunday.

“I’m extremely proud of each of you,” Hall said, who served as guest speaker. “I’m also extremely excited for you.”

However, Hall also passed on his experience in college, where he found out he wasn’t as special as he was told. Instead, he found out he had to rededicate himself in order to succeed.

“There were hundreds of people working harder than me,” Hall said. “That’s OK. No one is special. Look around the room. We’re all the same.

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