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Celebrating the RHS Class of 2018

Members of the Richmond High School Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation by tossing their mortarboards into the air during commencement ceremonies Sunday at Spartan Stadium. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

By Russ Green/Sports Editor

On a warm Mother’s Day afternoon, the RHS Class of 2018 walked out of Spartan Stadium as Richmond High School graduates. The class entered the stadium to the RHS symphonic wind band playing the “Pomp and Circumstances March” processional. RHS Principal John Parker welcomed family and friends of the graduates and introduced Assistant Principal Brad Begemann, who in turn introduced Mark Burke. Burke, a retired teacher who also serves as a substitute teacher at the high school, delivered the keynote address.

Burke told the class he was overwhelmed and incredibly honored that they selected him as the speaker for the afternoon. Burke began by telling the class that they have made it.

“For 13 years, you have worked towards this day,” he said.

Burke then identified for the graduates the three lessons he learned in life. He told a personal story of each lesson and said he would like to pass it along to them and hope they would follow. The first was be nice.

“Being nice costs you absolutely nothing,” he said.

Published in the Friday, May 11, 2018, Richmond News.

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