Orion schools prepare to promote students

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Orion High School student Annette Putnam accompanies the concert choir during “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” on Sunday, May 18, at baccalaureate.

Orion High School seniors are nearly at the end of a 13-year journey.

Graduation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, in the gymnasium.

Before the hour-long graduation ceremony, junior ushers Janel Cross, Josh Hutton, Eric Smith, Jamie Harrington, Tori Matzen and Rob McDonnell will greet the public.

Junior marshals Alyssa Anderson and Jim Hills will lead the seniors into the gym.

Directed by Josh Hahn, the high school band will play Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” for the processional.

School board president Doug Nelson will speak.

After Lauren Hills, senior class president, gives the welcome, Emma Kulig will deliver a speech.

Hills then will present the lancer to Tom Hollars, president of the junior class. Representing the best traditions of OHS, the lancer is festooned with ribbons from previous classes.

Senior musicians will perform “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked.”

Principal Ron Harris will honor the top students in the class and present special awards.

After school board members present diplomas, Andrea DeDecker, president of Student Council, will give the farewell.

The new graduates will leave the gym to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Orion Middle School will promote its eighth graders at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the high school. Giving speeches will be eighth graders Paige Diamond, Lindsay Pettifer and Lisa Amlong.

The Honor Choir will sing “Seize the Day.”