Galva seniors turn tassels

Carol Townsend
Galva High School seniors Kayla Stewart (left) and Erika Edmonds embrace under the canopy outside the school following Sunday’s commencement exercises. They and 30 classmates received their diplomas.

Galva High School held its 136th graduation exercises on Sunday, capping the high school careers of 32 students.

The welcome was offered by Karlee Rylander, the third-ranking student in the Class of 2011, followed by speeches from valedictorian Miriah Anderson and salutatorian Ethan Halsall.

After Superintendent Doug O’Riley offered comments to the students, diplomas were presented to graduates by board member David North. School board members Gary Edmonds and Larry Johnson presented diplomas to their respective children, Erika Edmonds and Tyler Johnson.

Brooke Hickman, the fourth-ranking student in the class, gave the closing remarks. Nolan Interial, fifth-ranked in the class, led his classmates in the turning of the tassel.

Junior Rachel Jeffries was the honor marshal, with classmates Tessa Boston, Miranda Olander and Seth Strom serving as ushers.

The senior chorus, consisting of Brooke Hickman, Erika Edmonds, Lisa Wendel, Heather Hartman and Matt Martin, sang “The Prayer,” accompanied by Madeline Green.

The processional and recessional were played by the junior-senior high school band.