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Somerset High School graduates throw their caps in the air to celebrate the end of their high school careers at the commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 13
Somerset High School Dynamics show choir member and graduating senior Zachery Siebenaler performs a solo during a performance of "In My Life" on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 13
Somerset graduate Emily Morales beams as friends and family cheer when she receives her diploma from school board member Tom Walters at the commencement ceremony Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 13
(From left) Somerset graduating seniors Mary Esselman, Carrie Kulibert, Alex Courtade, Meghan Erickson and Rachel Briggs pause for a moment before their graduation at Somerset High School on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 13
Somerset school board member Tom Walters gives a student a “hand bump” before she receives her diploma at the Somerset High School commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 13
Members of the barbershop quartet J.T. and the Boyz harmonized a beautiful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" to begin the Somerset High School graduation on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 13
Members of the graduating Somerset Class of 2014 listen attentively as salutatorian Malia Treibold addresses the audience Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 13
Somerset High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Malia Triebold prepares to give her salutatory address at the commencement ceremony Sunday, June 1, as she is introduced by district administrator Randy Rosburg. (Photo by Sarah Young) 8 / 13
Family and friends congratulate Somerset High School graduates in a receiving line outside of the school after graduation on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 9 / 13
Somerset Class of 2014 Valedictorian Hannah Rosentreter urged her classmates to always be grateful, kind, respectful and themselves, before she took a panoramic photo of her classmates. (Photo by Sarah Young) 10 / 13
(From left) Malia Triebold, Natalie Van Dam and Jake Scott take an ever popular selfie as they prepare to take part in the 90th commencement ceremony at Somerset High School on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 11 / 13
Jack Emmert (left) and Gaelin Elmore stand in line to receive their diplomas at the Somerset High School 90th commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1 in the high school gymnasium. (Photo by Sarah Young) 12 / 13
Henry Francis (right) jokes around with Zach Bahr (left) and Ben Hammer (middle) in the high school’s multi-purpose room before the Somerset High School class of 2014 graduation on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Sarah Young) 13 / 13

One hundred fifteen seniors graduated in Somerset High School’s 90th commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1. Of those 115 students, 64 of them graduated with honors, and 20 are members of the National Honor Society.

The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by students enlisted in the military, which include Trevor Anderson, Wolfgang Ashton, Thomas Bauer, Henry Francis, Nathaniel Gomez-Haustein, Nicole Hastings, Dallas Johnson, Drew Mendez and Quinn Perro.

The barbershop quartet of J.T. and the Boyz performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” followed by a welcome from School Board President Brian Moulton.

Malia Triebold gave the salutatory address, followed by the valedictory address by Hannah Rosentreter.

Rosentreter told her classmates to follow four principles in life that “will never go out of style:” be grateful, be kind, be respectful and be yourself. “No one will stop you once you stop trying to stop yourself,” Rosentreter said.

The student-elected staff speaker was Dennis Potter, who imparted words of wisdom from Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, among others.

The Somerset High School concert band performed two selections, and the Dynamics show choir sang “In My Life,” a Beatles song. Soloists featured were Zachery Siebenaler, Natalie Van Dam, Gavin Meader, Mary Fohrenkamm and Rosentreter.

Diplomas were presented by Principal Chris Moore, Moulton, School Board members Marie Colbeth and Tom Walters, and District Administrator Randy Rosburg.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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