111 Blanchester High School seniors graduate


BLANCHESTER — At Friday’s graduation ceremony, 111 Blanchester High School seniors received their diplomas in front of friends, family, and teachers at the high school gymnasium.

The beginning of the ceremony saw an invocation given by Ainsley Whitaker, the National Anthem sung by Ainsley Whitaker, and Zach West giving the welcome speech. In his speech, West highlighted how their high school career started.

“When we were freshmen, we got hit with COVID,” he said. “We made it through together.”

He went on to say they made it through their time at Blanchester High with resilience.

The baccalaureate address was made by Kermit Zimmerman, who gave advice to the class that he got from his father, Carl. The advice included: “if you’re not the best looking, look your best,” not believing everything you see or read in the media, to be considered trusted you must be trustworthy, and telling your loved ones you love them.

In her speech, the class valedictorian, Kaylie Paugh, talked about the emotions she and her classmates are feeling, tried to comprehend the feelings about the next part of their lives, and thought about what they went through the past year. But she also talked about how proud they should be for what they’ve accomplished and what they’ll do in the future.

Paugh concluded her speech with a quote by William Shakespeare saying, “our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”

Also during the ceremony:

• Regan Knight read the class poem, “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost.

• The Blanchester High School band performed the piece “(not) Alone” by Randall Standridge.

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