By Marty Bachman
he White Pine High School Class of 2016 took center stage Tuesday night, to the applause and approval of an audience of proud teachers, administrators, parents and friends. The evening was live and festive, beginning with the processional, the traditional march to the beat of the high school band’s rendition of Pomp and Circumstance.
Schools Superintendent Bob Dolezal, who was graduating himself from the toils of running a school district, welcomed the board and thanked all of his supporters through his years of serving as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent.
“I’ve been very blessed throughout my career,” Dolezal said.
He praised the successes of the Class of 2016, including the girls back to back state basketball championships, a first for the school since the years 1951 and 1952. Also the girls track team, which has rung up four consecutive championships.
“That’s never been done before,” Dolezal said.
White Pine Principal Adam Young introduced Salutatorian Debra Lelani Kingston, a four year athlete who captained many of her teams, earned academic acclamation, and served as the student body president.
“Debra is a fighter,” Young said. “She’s driven. She sets goals for herself and no matter the work, she puts it in. She is a leader, she is special.”
Kingston congratulated the Class of 2016, reminding them of the “firsts” they had shared together.
“Now we celebrate the end of our story,” she said. “So many lessons that have shaped us into the strong willed people we are today.”
Kingston said that what matters is to live in the present.
“Acts in the moment create your future,” she told the packed gymnasium. “We have begun writing our future… remember our past, enjoy our present and live for the future… congrats we made it.”
The evening then moved on to the pre-