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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)

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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. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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