Michaela Fujita-Conradsl/News-Register##Emily Drevdahl reminisces about Yamhill-Carlton High School during her salutatorian speech Sunday.
Michaela Fujita-Conradsl/News-Register##Emily Drevdahl reminisces about Yamhill-Carlton High School during her salutatorian speech Sunday.
Michaela Fujita-Conradsl/News-Register##Christian VanderMeide, left, and Tayler Proebstel smile as they enter their graduation ceremony at Yamhill-Carlton High School on June 7.
Michaela Fujita-Conradsl/News-Register##Christian VanderMeide, left, and Tayler Proebstel smile as they enter their graduation ceremony at Yamhill-Carlton High School on June 7.
By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Y-C grads lauded for spirit, humor

They both received loud applause from their fellow classmates and the audience.

Later, Principal Greg Neuman added another musical touch by throwing out a Jimmy Buffett reference. He highlighted a few lyrics from the 1977 release of “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

It’s those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.

With all of our running and all of our cunning, If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.

Neuman concluded, “Your strength, your spirit and your humor have kept us from all going insane.”

Jim Orth had delivered the principal’s message the past 12 years, but he left at the end of last year to take a position in the Salem-Keizer School District.

“This was my first year, and I’m proud to say that,” Neuman said. “It’s a special community. The year was a bit crazy, with a lot of twists and turns, and things did not always go as planned.”

The district welcomed two new principals this year, the other Michael Fisher, who took over at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School. Another new principal will arrive next year at the elementary school in Carlton.

Newman came from Roosevelt High School in Portland. One of the goals he outlined last fall was to improve the graduation rate at Y-C to 80 percent this year.

He later promised the student body that if the class achieved that mark, he would have the Y-C logo tattooed.

Newman proudly announced at graduation that this class hit the 80 percent mark.

He plans to keep his tattoo vow. He asked if anyone is available, or knows of someone to do the honors, and several hands went up.

He told the class their story has yet to be written, and emphasized to the students that should never, forget where they came from.

Valedictorians were Jacob Bibb and Teagan Roberts. The salutatorian was Emily Drevdahl.

Bibb, who plans to attend George Fox University, said he understands the difficulty of stepping out of a comfort zone. That’s what he and his classmates will be doing soon.

He encouraged them not to be limited by failure. “You have to be willing to fail in order to succeed,” he said.

Roberts will enroll at the University of Oregon. Her hope for her classmates is that we will “own our future” in one, five or 10 years from now.

“Our senior year turned out a little more than OK,” Roberts said.

“Thanks for hatching with me,” she said. Now, she said, “Let’s fly.”

Drevdahl, who plans to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland, said she’s aware that many people have no idea where Yamhill is located.

However, she assured her classmates they will forever remember what it meant to attend high school in this community. “Love, guidance and support from this community will always be with us,” she said.

Mark McKinney, who teaches social studies, was the staff speaker.

He referenced the two new principals, in addition to new teachers, who joined the district this year. Change, what the seniors are about to embark on, is a normal occurrence, he said.

“It’s an opportunity to try something new, try something different,” said McKinney, whose son is a member of the class. “This might be the biggest change in your life. Take a positive approach.”

Graduating were:

Journey Taylor Adams, Ivan Enrique Aguirre, Andrew Jon Seth Ainnu, Elayna Gene Apuya, Madisyn Ashley Babcock, Peyton Lynn Bacheller, Karl Leroy Robert Barlow, Alexandra Elizabeth Baumer, Emily Ann Bebereia, Shantil Grace Becker, Matthew Ryan Bernards, Jacob Potter Bibb, Dylan Ray Blake, Mercedes Nicole Bowlin, Beau Allon Britt, Caleb Joseph Castaneda, Isaiah Jonathan Lee Cooper, Lucas Shad Dickens, Tanner David Dixon, Emily Joann Drevdahl, Casey Rae Fleck, Jacob Lee Frank, Hannah Marie Franzen, Mason Taylor Frazer, Ty Witly Fulcher.

Kaitlin Elizabeth Gilligan, Jared Graham, Katelynn Grace, Victoria Elizabeth Horlyk, Heidi Katlyn Hay, Jacob Levi Hula, Tiffeny Jo Nelle Hutchens, Bryan Marshall Ingram, Samantha Jo Jansen, Cortney Anne Jones, Amee Renee Korsmo, Bing Jeng Kuei, Austin Tyler Lebsock-Binz, McKenzie Kaitlin Magnuson, Austin Stephen Martin, Laurynn Kay Martin, Elizabeth Rae Mayhew, Benjamin James McKinney, Hannah Kathleen Morris, Jens William Mortensen, Ruth Demetria Neuhauser, DeLaney Elizabeth Ogden, Derek Edward Oliver, Montana Lee Olson, Wyatt James Pagonis.

Zackary Martin Perkins, Tayler Ann Proebstel, Alexandra Kayla Ready, Francisco Javier Renteria-Sellars, Zachary John Rhodes, Hunter Wes Ritcheson, Devon Maxwell Rivers, Teagan Rae Xiaofang Roberts, Carolina Maria Saccomani, Megan Clark Sauers, Sansiri Sayama, Tom Schmidt, Evan Thomas Schultz, Nikolas Scialpi, Katherine Nicole Springer, Marie Luise Starke, Taylor Marie Stepp, Andrew Harold Stowell, Dakota Dean Thompson, Christian Blaine VanderMeide, Brett James Waechtler, Job Samuel Widner, Payton Benjamin Wright, Skyla Rae Wright, Dalton Tanner Zook.

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