BHS graduates class of 93 seniors
Ninety-three seniors have officially left Baldwin High School behind. The 2003 commencement ceremony took place Saturday in the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium, acknowledging BHS's 116th graduating class.
Now class rooms at BHS are lacking the senior population, leaving some to comment on the emptiness of the hallways and classrooms.
The commencement program included performances by the BHS band, BHS concert choir, and a speech and piano solo by BHS alum Seth Osburn, who graduated in 1986.
"He was awesome, and I thought his speech was inspirational. He has an amazing talent," said graduate Megan Smethers.
Osburn, who now is a professional musician in Los Angeles, has traveled the world with his music and recently released his first CD composition titled "Seven." As well as creating his own music, he also teaches piano at Buckley School in Hollywood, having as students some children of celebrities. After graduating from BHS, Osburn attended school at Arizona State University and Hardin-Simmons in Texas before beginning his musical career.
"Be a student of life," said Osburn. "Find a practice or an interest and devote yourself to lifelong learning. Regardless of what you do in your lives, do it with courage."
Graduates Rebecca Weaver and Anthony Myrick presented speeches representing the class, and Weaver presented the class of 2003 gift: money to provide for landscaping in front of BHS. It was the responsibility of the senior class to organize the commencement ceremony, including the arrangement of musical entertainment.
"It took preparation, but I think everything turned out the way we wanted it to," said Weaver. "Seth was definitely worth all the work that we went through to get him."
School Supt. James White spoke and urged the seniors to find a purpose in their lives and develop a passion for it. He thanked the seniors for being a part of the U.S.D 348 experience and encouraged the seniors to follow their dreams.
"I am sure at a young age, Seth had many dreams. And as he played he probably created many more dreams for us. Find your dreams and pursue them with a purpose and passion," White said.
As commencement custom decrees, each graduate crossed the stage to receive his or her diploma. After graduation, seniors now look to the future.
"I'm very excited to go to school," said Weaver.
Some students are relieved to have completed high school.
"But, right now I just want to enjoy my summer," she added.
"I'm glad school's done. I don't have to worry about getting things done on time," said graduate Erica Johnson.
BHS faculty attended the commencement ceremony, and bade farewell to their former students.
"They were very responsible, great athletes, and I'm going to miss them very much," said Patty Lenning.
"Considering I've known many of them since their preschool years, I'm just going to miss them," said Jeanne Scott, mother of graduate Ali Scott.
Another BHS senior class has graduated; 93 more students are advancing upon their futures. They take with them the memories they have created over the years, and they leave behind former teachers, underclassmen friends and their lives as Baldwin City students.