Graduation to be Sunday afternoon, May 22

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Orion High School

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

—Class of 2011 motto

The Class of 2011 will graduate from Orion High School on Sunday, May 22.

Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. in the Orion High School gymnasium.

Senior Brian Doxstader designed the cover of the graduation program, which junior ushers Trent DeDecker, Cory Stiles, Austin Hepner and Veronica Talbot will present to guests.

Directed by Katie Lyphout, the Orion High School concert band will play “Pomp and Circumstance” as junior marshals Paige Diamond and Royce Woodley lead the seniors into the gymnasium and onto the stage.

President Doug Nelson will speak on behalf of the board of education.

Senior class president Maddie DePorter will give the welcome.

Then she will present the lancer, which represents the traditions of Orion High School, to junior class president Katie DeBaillie.

Senior vocalists, directed by Andrea Cooper, will sing “Lean on Me.”

Conducting his first commencement ceremony, Principal Nathan DeBaillie will present honor awards to the valedictorians and the top students in the class.

After DeBaillie’s presentations, the valedictorians will speak.

DeBaillie then will present special awards, including:

• D.A.R. Citizenship Award

• Senior male and female athletes with the highest grade point


• DeKalb Agriculture Award

• Raymond Kuhn Agriculture Award

• Myron M. Robinson Endowment Scholarship Fund for Medical Education

• Alan and Mildred Peterson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

• Arion Award for instrumental and vocal music

• Charlotte Johanna Johnson Award for speech contest winners

• Tom W. and Lindsey G.  Nicholson Memorial Award

• Carlson Family Educational Award

• Orion Lions Scholarship Award

• Stephanie Jones Memorial Award

• Gregory Nightingale Memorial Award

After awards, DeBaillie will present the class to Superintendent Dave Deets. DeBaillie will certify the seniors have met requirements for graduation.

Orion school board members will present diplomas to the students.

Shannan Gambon, the senior who has served as Student Council president this year, will give the farewell.

As the seniors depart the stage and process through the gymnasium past applauding family and friends, Lyphout will direct the concert band playing “Emblem of Unity.”