de smet graduation

Seniors bid farewell at commencement

19 students graduated from high school on Saturday


After thirteen years of hard work, study, countless hours of reading and cramming for the “big” exam, 19 De Smet seniors walked the stage in De Smet School’s Armory to accept their high school diplomas Sat., May 7. Seniors were smiling, along with their family and friends. School staff and teachers were smiling, also.

The event started with the processional as the De Smet seniors entered the gym to “Pomp and Circumstance” and took their places in the front.

Cody Aughenbaugh gave the invocation, followed by Camryn Schmidt, the class salutatorian, who gave her salutatorian speech.

Lane Holland, senior class president, and Gannon Gruenhagen, junior class president, enacted the time-honored De Smet High School tradition of “Passing the Spade.” This tradition has carried on for years; each class adding a ribbon of their class colors to the spade and presenting the spade to the next class.

Class valedictorian Kennadi Buchholz presented her speech, and afterward, the senior class slide show presentation was made. Numerous photos of all 19 seniors from infant to their senior year were shown, while Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Never Grow Up,” sung by Taylor Swift, made up the musical portion of the presentation.

The presenting of flowers was the next event, while Hannah Montana’s “I’ll Always Remember You” was playing. This is a tradition where the seniors collect roses that reflect their class colors, Schoolhouse White and Stone Blue this year, and present them to a family member, cherished guest or other important person in their lives. It was an emotional event, and there were tears throughout. Sometimes, the hugs spoke volumes.

The Class of 2022 was then awarded their diplomas. As superintendent Abi Van Regenmorter called the names, each student would stop at their high school principal Andrew Armstead, who transferred the graduation tassel to the left side of their cap. School board members Shane Roth and Jared Tolzin presented the students’ diplomas.

Kennadi Buchholz then gave the benediction, followed by the recessional to “I Lived” by One Republic.

The Class of 2022 motto was “Good enough.”


Cody Wayne Aughenbaugh plans to seek a degree in agriculture technology at South Dakota State University.

Josiah Bachelle is undecided at present.

Kennadi Marie Buchholz will pursue a degree in exercise science at Southern Minnesota State University.

Isabella Marie Fields seeks a degree in animal science at Mitchell Technical Institute.

Kalen Randall Scott Garry will work on a degree in sports management at South Dakota State University.

Katelyn Lee Halverson plans to pursue a nursing degree at Lake Area Technical College.

Lane Michael Holland will attend Lake Area Technical College, seeking a degree in diesel technology.

Tory James Holland plans to earn a degree in power line technology at Mitchell Technical Institute.

Owen Michael Kerkvliet desires a degree in history education at the University of Jamestown.

Bella Ann Kretzschmar will attend South Dakota State University and receive a degree in interior design.

Christian Juel Larsen will seek a degree at Lake Area Technical College to become a big machine operator.

Riley Ryland Myers will attend Mitchell Technical Institute and earn a degree as a medical laboratory technician.

Rett James Osthus will work on a degree in business at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Haden Lee Palmlund will attend Lake Area Technical College and earn a degree in diesel technology.

Shelby Brooke Sattler wishes to become a human services technician and will attend Lake Area Technical College to earn her degree.

Camryn Ella Schmidt will earn a degree in nursing at South Dakota State University.

Jackson Claire Tolzin plans to enter the workforce in agriculture farm management.

Blake Harold Van Regenmorter will earn a degree in business at Dakota State University.

Colt Daniel Wilkinson will be attending Southern Minnesota State University, earning a degree in agriculture.


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