By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Mac High sends largest class out into the world

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Members of the Class of 2016 toss their caps in their air to celebrate their graduation from McMinnville High School Friday night.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Members of the Class of 2016 toss their caps in their air to celebrate their graduation from McMinnville High School Friday night.

McMinnville High School sent its largest class ever out into the world Friday night.

Principal Kris Olsen and his staff congratulated 482 members of the Class of 2016. Mark Bunker, one of the teachers who handed out diplomas, noted the group's "positive attitude and maturity," which "make all of us pleased to be associated with this class."

The class included a dozen valedictorians and 11 salutatorians. Sixty-four students earned honors diplomas, 110 received honor cords and 234 graduated with career pathway endorsements. .

Ninety percent of the graduates received not only diplomas, but college transcripts for earning one or more of the group's total 7,455 credits through the College Credit Now program. Many earned dozens of credits -- Emily McKnight topped them all with 87; Renee Myers earned 78, Lexie Meyer 72, and Katelyn Renshaw and outstanding senior girl Whitney Rich 67 each.

Thus far, Olsen said, the class has been awarded $6.6 million in grants and scholarships.

Carly Loving, one of the speakers, urged her  classmates to continue to strive for success. "Success is for the brave ... success is for the Class of 2016," she said.\

Another class speaker, Jason Kiff, urged them to be not only successful, but happy. And to find happiness, he said, they need to love others and make decisions based on love, rather than fear.

For instance, he said, choosing fear could lead someone to build a wall. Choosing love will lead them to giving "all people the respect they deserve."

His remarks drew applause from the 5,000 or more people gathered for the commencement ceremonies in Wortman Stadium. Parents, other relatives and friends packed the grandstand, filled every chair on the track and spilled onto the football field to watch the event.

The weather cooperated -- although it rained Friday morning, by evening clouds mixed with sunshine in honor of the graduates.

Just before teachers began calling the names of the graduates, a father in the stands yelled out to his daughter, "We love you, Destiny!" 

Not to be outdone, another parent yelled, "We love you, Michael!" That led to a chorus of calls -- "We love you, Eli!" "We love you, Tyler!." "We love you, Brianna!" and so on. 

After receiving their diplomas, members of Mac High's Class of 2016 rendezvoused with their families for hugs and photos. Then most boarded buses to take them to an all-night graduation party.

Please see Tuesday's print edition for a full report on Mac High's graduation and other area commencement events.

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